Illegal immigrants make way to Palm Beach

Posted by Elizabeth Stewart - email

PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) "I just think it's incredible." Lavinia Baker of Palm Beach lives a block from where four Jamaicans were caught Wednesday morning, trying to slip into the United States after being dropped off by a smuggler's boat.

Palm Beach Police say two of the Jamaican men, dripping wet, went up to a house and said they had been at a party and needed a ride. The resident got suspicious and called police. Two others were caught in a taxi cab in Palm Beach this morning, when police stopped the cab.

Are they a threat, these people who are down on their luck, coming ashore in one of the wealthiest towns in the nation? One Palm Beacher said she doesn't feel threatened by these illegals coming ashore. "I mean I think they are so desperate, they've come over the whole way. They're not here to steal or take advantage, they're here to find a new life."

Recently, there's been a lot of landings in a short period of time. The four caught this morning make the second group of illegal immigrants to be caught in Palm Beach in a week.

Last Wednesday, 18 came in aboard a boat which was abandoned on the beach. Those 18 people included 13 Chinese nationals and 5 Haitians.

The drive to be smuggled into the country could be for any number of reasons. It could be economic conditions where they're come from or to further criminal enterprise in the United States.

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