A group of illegal immigrants inadvertently interrupted a Miami Beach photo shoot this month, as they sprinted from a boat to the shore in the middle of a modeling video.
Ekaterina Juskowski filmed the nine or so migrants running onto the sand while shooting a video with a model friend around 6 a.m. on July 10, according to the New Times Broward-Palm Beach.
At first she saw a boat approaching the shore, but figured it was just harboring scuba divers, so she turned off her camera. She switched it back on when the men poured out of the vessel, leaving it behind as they ran to shore, she told the newspaper.
“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,” U.S. Border Patrol spokesperson Frank Miller told the New Times.
“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 said.
Juskowski, who migrated from Russia at the age of 18, said the incident made her “personal struggle seem rather small.”
“As controversial as the problem of illegal immigration can be for many of us, it is important to remember that people come here in search of the better life and it comes at a very high price of great courage, hard work and loneliness,” she told the newspaper.