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Haitian migrants apprehended over weekend by Puerto Rico authorities
Published on March 28, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico – US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), US Coast Guard (USCG), and Puerto Rico Police (PRPD) apprehended 113 undocumented immigrant citizens of Haiti over the weekend in three separate events.

After midnight on March 22, a CBP maritime patrol aircraft detected about 10 miles northwest of Mona a single engine vessel traveling south-eastbound without navigation lights. The CBP aircraft maintained constant surveillance of the vessel and coordinated an intercept with USCG Farallon, finding 15 persons on board, 13 claiming to be citizens of Haiti and 2 claiming to be citizens of the Dominican Republic.

Earlier the same day, a USCG MH65 Helicopter detected a two engine vessel approximately 14 miles north of Monito, southeast bound without navigational lights, coordinating an intercept with USCG cutter Farallon. The USCG crew found 64 persons on board the 30 foot wooden vessel, 62 claiming to be citizens of Haiti and two citizens of the Dominican Republic.

On Saturday, March 23, the Puerto Rico Police contacted the Ramey Border Patrol Station reporting the apprehension of 15 migrants claiming to be Haitian citizens who landed on board a 20 foot yola left abandoned in Los Pozos beach in the southwest corner of the island. PRPD and CBP border patrol agents extensively searched the area, apprehending 19 additional migrants.

On Wednesday, Tomas Guerrero, Segundo Alcala-Del Rosario, Miguel Jacinto-Saldana, Samuel Abreu-Pion, and Radames Castillo-Soriano, all citizens of the Dominican Republic, were due to make an initial appearance appear before a US District Court Magistrate Judge for violations to US immigration law.
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