Boat of Migrants Capsizes Near San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA – MAY 02: Debris is littered along the shoreline off Cabrillo Monument on May 2, 2021 in San Diego, California. Two people died and Twenty were rescued after a vessel overturned on Sunday afternoon off Point Loma area of San Diego(Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

 

A 40-foot cruiser carrying about 30 people hit a reef off San Diego and capsized early Sunday morning. Passengers were met with a powerful current. Three died, and of the 29 rescued, five were taken to the hospital. After one day, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search. 

According to the authorities, the passengers were migrants, likely coming from Baja California, Mexico. These maritime passages are not new, and have been on the rise in recent years as border security has increased. Between 2019 and 2020, Border Patrol reported a 92% increase in apprehensions at sea. They expect to see a similar increase this year. 

Many lives could be saved if the United States established more efficient, safe, and easy opportunities for immigration. The increase in migrant sea passage correlates with the implementation of stricter measures at the border. Individuals seeking a new life should not have to resort to such dangerous means.