Mexico Says Smugglers Abandon Migrants At Sea
Mexican authorities have rescued abandoned boats packed with around 20 migrants with no food, communication or emergency gear. The authorities say smugglers tell the migrants the boat needs fixing, then take off in another vessel and don’t return.
U.S. immigration and Coast Guard officials have seen an increase in recent years in maritime smuggling of drugs and migrants. A coast guard officer was killed last December when smugglers rammed his boat off the Channel Islands.
On Monday, Border Patrol agents north of San Diego arrested 18 people suspected of entering the country illegally by boat. Two were taken to a hospital with possible hypothermia.