A group of illegal immigrants crashed a morning Miami Beach photo shoot earlier this month — inadvertently photobombing a model as they ran ashore from their boat and on to the beach.
Ekaterina Juskowski captured video of the moment, filming her model friend at 6 am on July 10, according to the New Times Broward-Palm Beach.
When Juskowski saw the illegal immigrants in the background of her shot she turned off the video but then turned it back on to capture about eight men jumping out of their boat and sprinting up the beach.
“That’s a testament to how confident these organizations are — what we call transnational criminal organizations — who smuggle criminals and narcotics right onto the beach.” CBP spokesman Frank Miller said to the outlet.
“There has been an increase in known maritime smuggling in Florida — from Key West all along the Florida coast — from fiscal year 2014 to now,” he added.
According to CBP’s figures, in fiscal year 2014 there were 2,034 illegal immigrants apprehended by the Miami Sector. FY 2014 also saw 3,942 coastal boarder apprehensions.
The Coast Guard’s apprehension figures for FY 2014 were 3,587. Most of those individuals apprehended were from Cuba (2,111), Haiti (1,103), the Dominican Republic (293), Mexico (48) and another 32 were from “other” countries.
Miller told the Times that Florida’s large coastline means that even with the help of the Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies “it’s difficult to get a solid level of situational awareness on whats coming in.”