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Palm Beach Sheriff's Office Apprehends 32 Undocumented Immigrants Off Juno Beach Area Shore

The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office says 32 undocumented migrants were spotted off the shores of Juno Beach in what appeared to be a 30-foot vessel early Monday morning. A PBSO marine unit spotted the boat arriving just about two miles offshore around 5:40 a.m. Authorities say 13 men, nine women, and ten children — including an infant — were onboard. They have been detained and turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol.

The vessel, which came ashore just south of the Jupiter Inlet, was reported stolen from the Bahamas, according to PBSO. 

All 32 are in custody and are being processed by Border Patrol at the Riviera Beach station, where officials will determine their status.

While there has been heavy police presence in the area around A1A and the Jupiter Inlet, traffic has not been affected. PBSO, Jupiter Police, Juno Police, and the Border Patrol all assisted in bringing the migrants in to be processed. 

No word yet on where the migrants originated their voyage.

This is the second time in the past few months that migrants have been detained off the Palm Beach County shore. 

In April eleven migrants were spotted coming in aboard a 32-foot Chris-Craft by Jupiter Police surveillance cameras. Authorities eventually found seven of the migrants hiding near the beach in the 500 block of South Beach Road, just north of the Jupiter Inlet Colony. The other four were eventually found hiding in a wooded area in Coral Cove Park. Among the migrants were Jamaicans, Bahamians, and Haitians, including at least two minors.
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Chris Joseph
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