Cubans Sneak In During Border Drill at Miami
Posted on Mar 8, 2007
A huge border enforcement drill involving hundreds of agents chasing make-believe migrants on the Miami shoreline proved to be hugely successful for some 40 actual Cuban refugees Thursday. Two incoming boatloads squeaked by the “Operation Vigilant Sentry” squads, including one group of 21 that came ashore at a nudist beach.
The Cubans arrived on day two of a training exercise to test “Operation Vigilant Sentry,” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s plan to halt a possible mass migration from the Caribbean. About 325 agents from 85 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies took part in the exercise, which ended on Thursday.
“We’re not embarrassed at all,” McDonald said. “It’s not uncommon for them (Cubans) to have landings.”