Matt Potter 3:30 p.m., July 29
Immigrants increasingly abandoned at sea by Baja California smugglers
The Mexican Navy reports 10-12 boats per month abandoned by smugglers with immigrants aboard
Officials from the Mexican Navy (La Secretaría de Marina) reported today, April 29th, that 10 to 12 boats per month are abandoned off the coast of Baja California with immigrants aboard. The Associated Press detailed the report in Spanish, which states an estimated of 150 immigrants are abandoned per month. The Navy reported that the boats often break down at sea, with the boat operator leaving the passengers without communication or water.
Small water vessels from Baja California have increasingly been found along the coast of Southern California, as smugglers try alternative routes. Boats have been found ashore as far north as Los Angeles.
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