Seven men face possible deportation after federal authorities arrested them earlier this week in Newport Harbor on suspicion of being illegal immigrants.
In the first incident about 9:30 a.m., border patrol agents were riding with harbor patrol deputies when they saw four men quickly exiting a boat in the harbor and trying to leave.
Officials emphasized that border patrol agents — not local deputies — questioned the men and determined their resident status.
The partnership between the border patrol and local agencies is a part of Operation Stonegarden, where border patrol agents will work with local municipalities through federal grants to locate possible illegal smuggling.
In the second incident, about 2:15 p.m., three men in a boat were stopped in the middle of the harbor and determined to be possibly undocumented as well. Neither incident appeared to involve illegal smuggling, according to the sheriff's officials.
— Joseph Serna