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USVI authorities apprehend 18 undocumented migrants
Published on March 19, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

ST CROIX, USVI -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in the US Virgin Islands apprehended 18 undocumented migrants on Sunday, after receiving a call concerning the landing of illegal aliens on the east end of St Croix.

CBP officers, Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) agents and the local Police Department responded to the location on Sunday night and detained a total of three females and fifteen males. Fourteen individuals were Cuban nationals in possession of some sort of ID cards, and four were Haitian nationals.

The undocumented migrants were transported to the Henry E. Rohlsen airport where they will be processed under US immigration law for illegal entry. Homeland Security Investigation agents were on site to interview the subjects.

“People who attempt to illegally enter a US territory not only risk becoming victims of criminal organizations but are also subject to formal administrative processing and arrest by CBP agents and officers.” stated St Croix Area Port Director Douglas Vinroy. “Our officers will remain vigilant to curtail illegal entry attempts in our area of responsibility.”

CBP officers processed the Cuban aliens under the “wet foot, dry foot” policy; a 1995 amendment of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966. The Haitian nationals were processed for expedited removal.
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