U.S. Border Patrol agents are operating in Laguna Beach following a series of "incursions" by illegal immigrants crossing into coastal Southern California, according to a Border Patrol spokesman.
"Our mission is to protect American borders, and we are getting incursions by boat," said Daryl Reed, a spokesman for the San Diego Sector of the Border Patrol.
"Our actions are based on intel," he added. "We are getting phone calls and tips."
A number of early-morning landings have been reported in Laguna waters, including one incident in late December at Aliso Beach, where an estimated dozen or more people landed on the beach, were met by someone with dry clothing and led to a local neighborhood, where they boarded a van for parts unknown.