Skip to comments.Boatload of Haitians swarms ashore in Florida (2002)
Posted on 07/25/2014 8:52:23 AM PDT by Dallas59
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- More than 200 Haitians -- including many children -- jumped from a 50-foot wooden boat near Key Biscayne Tuesday afternoon, swimming to shore and swarming the highway leading into Miami.
Video from local news outlets showed people jumping into the water and swimming or wading to the beach. The Coast Guard said the boat ran aground.
Many of the Haitians ran onto the Rickenbacker Causeway, which leads to Miami. Several jumped in the back of a black pickup truck and others appeared to try to get rides from motorists on the bridge.
Local police rounded up dozens of the Haitians, seating them on the side of the highway. One man was wrestled to the ground by authorities and handcuffed.
Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. attorney and one of the lawyers for Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez, told CNN that by reaching U.S. soil, at least the Haitians could apply for political asylum. If they're intercepted while still on the open sea, they are sent back immediately.
However, he said most of the people who left that boat would most likely be sent back to Haiti because they immigrated for economic reasons.
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Border crisis in TX, AZ, CA will cause all kinds of illegal immigrants coming to the USA, and chaos will ensue. FL will now have more boats coming.
Yeah, but they weren’t from any of the Central America countries so it’s okay. o.O
This used to happen constantly when I lived in Miami in the late 70’s early 80’s. You would be at the beach and all of a sudden a boat would drift up to the beach and a bunch of illegals would jump out and start running up the beach and disappear into the city streets.
I had to look at the date of the story because that has been going on since the 70’s.
Haiti has an Aids problem and people just boating in are NOT checked out.
Yeh not to mention this insane pink eye they bring in. It is really horrible.