Authorities searching a ship in the Long Beach port found 16 Chinese nationals hiding in a cargo container.
Tom Graber, with the INS, says the men are in good condition after the two-week journey from China.
They are being held at the INS detention center on Terminal Island. Graber says they will be taken to the Mira Loma detention center in Lancaster to await a hearing for political asylum.
The stowaways were found aboard a ship belonging to the China Overseas Shipping Company.