By Harriet Alexander For Dailymail.com
00:08 02 Dec 2023, updated 00:44 02 Dec 2023
- New footage shows a migrant boat landing on the beach in Malibu in the early hours of November 28, with around 25 people running up the shore
- Migrant boat landings in Malibu, 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, are extremely rare: it is unclear if anyone was detained
- The landing was near the 19-bedroom $100 million clifftop mansion owned by Barbra Streisand, a strident critic of Donald Trump’s border wall
Astonishing footage captured a boat filled with migrants landing on the beach in ritzy Malibu – close to the home of famed bleeding-heart liberal Barbra Streisand.
Around 25 people were seen leaping out of the vessel around 1am November 28, near the $100 million compound of Streisand an arch critic of Donald Trump, who called his border wall a ‘monument to himself’.
Under Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, the number of immigrants crossing into the country has soared, as the pandemic ended: last year 2.8 million were stopped or turned away at the border, the highest number since at least 1980.
The security camera footage was obtained by Fox News‘ correspondent Bill Melugin, who specializes in migration.
Melugin pointed out that seeing migrants land that far north – the U.S.-Mexico border is 100 miles to the south – is extremely rare.
It is not known whether anyone has been arrested.
The boat landed on one of America’s most exclusive coastlines, where celebrities such as Cher, Jennifer Aniston, Will Smith and Lady Gaga own homes.
Streisand’s 19-bedroom clifftop mansion, which she bought in 1997, is now believed to be worth $100 million.
In 2019, the longtime Democrat donor criticized Trump’s plans for a border wall.
‘Trump only cares about this ‘wall’ in order to build a monument to himself. Just like the bankrupt ‘Trump’ buildings, the nation cannot afford to pay for his ego – – not financially, not morally,’ she wrote on X.
The year before, she said her song ‘Don’t Lie to Me’ was inspired by him.
‘Unless you’re an American Indian, you know, you’re a child or grandchild or great-grandchild of immigrants, even the president,’ she told Vogue in September 2018.
Migrant arrivals by boat are far outnumbered by land crossings, yet maritime landings too are rising.
Florida sees the vast majority of arrivals.
Recent maritime flows of Cubans and Haitians to Florida have reached the highest levels since the 1990s: 7,000 Haitians and 6,000 Cubans were interdicted at sea by U.S. officials in fiscal year (FY) 2022, and initial data show similar numbers in FY 2023, according to Maritime Policy.
CBP’s total encounters along the border in September were 269,735, including 218,763 Border Patrol arrests at illegal crossing points, and another 50,972 expulsions at ports of entry.
The record monthly figure brought the total number of migrant encounters for the recently concluded 2023 fiscal year to 2.48 million, up from 2.38 million in 2022, and the highest of any year on record.
The surge in migrants attempting to enter the US underscores the scale of the humanitarian crisis at the border, and the political challenge it presents for President Joe Biden as he seeks re-election in 2024.
‘In response to high rates of encounters across the southwest border in September, CBP surged resources and personnel,’ said Troy A. Miller, the acting CBP commissioner, in a statement.