Police: 20 Arrested After ‘Panga’ Boat From Tijuana Lands In El Segundo

EL SEGUNDO (CBS) — Dozens of suspected illegal immigrants were detained on Wednesday after a small boat ran ashore in El Segundo.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports federal immigration agents and other law enforcement agencies rounded up 20 individuals aboard the vessel.

Police said they received calls at around 6:45 a.m. that a so-called “panga” boat that is believed to have originated from Tijuana had landed on the beach near 45th Street and The Strand in El Segundo.

15 males, four females and a juvenile were found aboard the vessel, according to El Segundo Police Lt. Raymond Garcia.

Police turned the suspects over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials for processing.

“There are no indications this had anything to do with drugs,” said Garcia. “These are just people trying to make it to the United States for a better life.”

The number of panga boat landings in Southern California has soared over the past year, with 14 people arrested in the most recent landing near Bolsa Chica State Beach on Feb. 2.

There have been a total of 16 maritime human and drug smuggling events in Los Angeles and Orange counties between last October and Feb. 22 of this year, while 36 events were tallied in San Diego County, according to ICE spokesperson Virginia Kice.

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  • Joe

    17 down, 12,000,000 to go.

  • Pysco Active

    this is what California is becoming, a Tijuana trash dump

  • icecream

    “Coming here for a better life” ?
    Whilt demolishing our economy !

  • Joe

    20 more welfare checks to write.

  • Jay

    “These are just people trying to make it to the United States for a better life.”
    according to El Segundo Police Lt. Raymond Garcia…….Raymond if you are so sympathetic to their cause why don’t you go down there and help them fix their country. Makes sense, right?

    • redondo mom


  • Another immigrant off a boat

    I think it’s a little sad that Americans seem to anti-immigration when most of them are immigrants whose ancestors also came off boats, oppressed the native Americans and turn back the immgrants that got to the USA too late!
    Ashley from http://www.boats.co.nz

    • WhereIsICE?

      And what country do you live in? You’d be ok if your country gets overrun by third world, unskilled people with no ambition to learn English or to assimilate? And you’d be ok with having to pay more and more taxes in order to support this welfare state we live in? Or, god forbid you are a legal immigrant, waited years and years for the paperwork, underwent background and medical checks, paid thousands in fees, and you would welcome people who just jump the border or arrive by boat with open arms, right?.

      • Another immigrant off a boat

        Hmmm…. you should ask the native americans about assimilation. I’m in New Zealand. The USA is far, far from being a welfare state. Most other first world countries have far better health care and welfare than the US.

  • Jerry

    If they get deported they should sue the city of LA for denying them there human rights to be in this country illegally.

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