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The bodycam video of Broward County deputies pursuing a boat full of illegal immigrants in Florida has been released.
On June 17th, Broward County and U.S. Border Patrol authorities detained 16 immigrants, some Jamaicans, after pursuit of their boat in the Intracoastal waterways of Pompano Beach.
WPLG-TV reported the migrants traveled to the Bahamas from Jamaica before entering the United States illegally in Florida.
One of the men spoke to the local news as he was being detained, claiming he was fleeing violence in his home country.
“There’s killing going on there. We want a better life. No life is in Jamaica right now,” he said.
But during a press conference in Jamaica, the country’s police commissioner, Major Antony Anderson revealed some of the men were criminals.
“We have been working with our international partners in this and have found criminal traces for four of the seven so far and only a couple of weeks before that, we know that another person who is wanted in Jamaica tried to enter the United States in a similar way but was found and sent back to us,” Anderson said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection released the following statement:
“U.S. Border Patrol Agents along with local, state and federal partner agencies responded to a maritime smuggling event that made landfall near Pompano Beach, Florida. Agents along with support from partner agencies arrested 16 migrants. Public can report suspicious activity to U.S. Border Patrol by calling 877.772.8146. Homeland Security leads the investigation of the incident.”
Authorities said the group consisted of migrants from The Bahamas, Romania, Venezuela, Jamaica, and the United Kingdom.
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