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US Coast Guard rescues 84 Haitian migrants off Puerto Rico
Published on August 5, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and US Coast Guard (USCG) apprehended 84 undocumented migrant citizens of Haiti on Friday after they landed on Thursday night in Desecheo Island, 13 miles west of the mainland of Puerto Rico.

Late Thursday night, a USCG air asset on patrol informed the Ramey Border Patrol Station that, after flying over Desecheo, they were able to see approximately group of 70 to 80 suspected illegal migrants. A USCG cutter arrived at Desecheo to monitor and confirm the landing. For safety concerns the rescue of the group was postponed until daylight.

On Friday morning, a CBP Blackhawk transported CBP Border Patrol Agents to provide medical assistance and make an initial assessment, confirming that 84 undocumented migrants, 57 males and 27 females, claiming to be Haitian nationals had entered the US.

In the afternoon, two USCG cutters transported the migrants to the Mayaguez port of entry where CBP Border Patrol Agents assumed custody of the group for immigration processing.
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