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PRESS RELEASE

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico - US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol and Air & Marine Agents apprehended 17 Haitian nationals Wednesday that reached Mona Island Tuesday. 

Park Rangers from the Puerto Rico Department of Environmental and Natural Resources contacted Tuesday the Ramey Border Patrol Station regarding the landing of 16 males and 1 female that claimed to be Haitian nationals. 

A marine unit of the CBP Office of Air and Marine retrieved and transported the migrants from Mona to the town of Cabo Rojo where Border Patrol Agents assumed custody. 

The recent disappearance of several Haitian migrants and this incident prompted CBP to issue a cautionary message regarding the perils of making the voyage across the dangerous Mona Passage. 

“Crossing the Mona Passage is a treacherous voyage filled with many dangers that pose a huge risk to migrants,” said Ramiro Cerrillo, Chief Patrol Agent for the CBP Ramey Border Patrol Sector.  “We reiterate our message that potential migrants should not be fooled by false promises made by criminal organizations that organize such perilous journeys.”

On December 30, the body of a Haitian man was not ever found by authorities after a 13 Haitian men and 1 Cuban were forced to jump into the water by smugglers near las Carmelitas Beach in the southwestern shore of Mona Island.   Last week 2 individuals were reported missing after a group of 10 Haitian migrants were rescued by the US Coast Guard 4 miles west of Mona. 

The illegal maritime smuggling ventures arriving to Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic are ordinarily transported in rustic, homemade wooden vessels commonly referred to as "yolas."  A typical “yola” is an unsafe vessel, generally underpowered with a single outboard motor, and overloaded with a large number of passengers and without life vests. Every year CBP receives both confirmed and unconfirmed reports of aliens drowning while in transit to United States territory.

According to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, while smuggling by sea accounts only for a small portion of overall migrant smuggling around the world, the particular dangers of irregular travel at sea make it a priority for response; due to the reported fact that more deaths occur by sea.

Eighty miles separate the Dominican Republic from Puerto Rico. At the approximate mid-point lies the island of Mona, an uninhabited island that is a United States territory. Professional alien smugglers in the Dominican Republic strategically navigate to and use Mona Island as a drop off point for migrants who must then be recovered from Mona and transported to Puerto Rico by CBP or USCG air or marine assets.

The Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) was formally created to unify efforts of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico Police Joint Rapid Action Forces (FURA, for its Spanish acronym), in their common goal of securing the Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands borders against illegal migrant and drug smuggling.

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15 comment(s)
Written by: venganzaderafael, 15 Jan 2014 2:18 PM
From: United States
Generoso:

Ooouuch!
Written by: generoso, 15 Jan 2014 2:22 PM
From: Dominican Republic, ****Raise your words, not your voice. Rain grows food, not thunder.****
venganza
Most countries don't want to send them back to Haiti, because Haiti will make such a scandal, and cry "foul".
Believe or not, I have read about incidents, where Haitian authorities stall and refuse them entry, back into Haiti, claiming all sorts of technicalities.
Written by: rokete, 15 Jan 2014 2:41 PM
From: Dominican Republic, (((( DEPORT THE HAITIANS, BUILD THE BORDER WALL !! ))))

Generoso

So then, that means Haiti has a policy of get out and don't come back ??

Let send all Haitians to Puerto Rico and have Americans deal with them.

How convenient !!!

I hope to see more of these boat rides, full of Haitians towards Puerto Rico.

That will send a clear message to the US,

that Haitians are not going to stop in Dominicana.

They are going to reach US soil no matter what.

Haitians in the seven seas, far out !!!!!
Written by: ignoranceisbliss, 15 Jan 2014 2:57 PM
From: United States
Rokete,

You should rewrite dominican history.
Written by: rokete, 15 Jan 2014 5:17 PM
From: Dominican Republic, (((( DEPORT THE HAITIANS, BUILD THE BORDER WALL !! ))))
Written by: ignoranceisbliss, 15 Jan 2014 2:57 PM
From: United States
Rokete,

You should rewrite dominican history.
___________


Trujillo already did !!!!
Written by: old_school_trinitario, 15 Jan 2014 5:47 PM
From: Dominican Republic, San Carlos, barrio de matatanes, aqui no invente

memo to dominican Navy

do not stop yolas full of haitians on their way to PR

on the other hand let em thru and give them water
Written by: generoso, 15 Jan 2014 7:15 PM
From: Dominican Republic, ****Raise your words, not your voice. Rain grows food, not thunder.****
Guys, I have no idea why the DR navy is so vigorously against, the boatloads of haitian illegals, making their journey to their dream destination.
Danilo! wake up, and give instruction to the navy, to start "saving" fuel, if you know what I mean.
Written by: Lautaro, 15 Jan 2014 9:55 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Bring DT Forum Back
"Guys, I have no idea why the DR navy is so vigorously against, the boatloads of haitian illegals, making their journey to their dream destination."

I can't believe you are being candid about this, general, when it's so evident that a failure on their part would entail a warning from the Southern Command of the imperial navy, without mentioning a blacklisting (no pun intended) of the country by the Department of State for "not doing enough against human trafficking". It's painful to admit, but there isn't that much of a difference, sovereignty-wise, between any of the parts of Hispaniola and the neighboring Puerto Rico.

As for the topic in question, I'm actually surprised that these trips on their part are on the increase, since one would think that it would have taken for conditions here to really deteriorate before they would continue with any further border crossing.
Written by: ignoranceisbliss, 15 Jan 2014 10:46 PM
From: United States
Rockhead,

Glad you admit your history books is full of lies and misinformation (trujillo & balaguer)
Written by: rokete, 16 Jan 2014 12:08 AM
From: Dominican Republic, (((( DEPORT THE HAITIANS, BUILD THE BORDER WALL !! ))))

Ignorante

A challenged person like you is useless effort to try to educate.

You can stay mentally impaired for all I care.
Written by: RealisticLogic, 16 Jan 2014 10:21 AM
From: United States
Puerto Rico should post a formal complaint against Haiti, to the OAS, Caricom, the UN, Venezuela and the congressional Black Caucus, for discrimination, racism, and violating the human rights of poor haitians, and for making their country so goddamn terrible that they want to get on a boat and leave and invade the Puerto Rican common wealth as illegal aliens.

Puerto Rico should also begin laying down oceanic mines that can obliterate human smuggling boats, and releasing large amounts of chum to attract many many large and aggressive sharks to the area to help dispose of the illegal invading scum.
Written by: guillermone, 16 Jan 2014 12:17 PM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum
"Puerto Rico should also begin laying down oceanic mines that can obliterate human smuggling boats, and releasing large amounts of chum to attract many many large and aggressive sharks to the area to help dispose of the illegal invading scum."

I am totally opposed to illegal immigration and no doubt among them are individuals who are truly human garbage, but the vast majority are not. Therefore, no need to describe desperate hungry people as scum. They are only doing what is naturally instinctive.....survive. You can't blame or condemn them for that.

However what we must do is seek alternatives or create options which enable the impoverished escape the misery which has them enslaved. There are many countries around the world better able to absorb a higher number of economic refugees and should take and accept a greater share of the burden rather to make demands upon the already distressed DR which can only offer band-age solutions to injuries which requires urgent intervention
Written by: generoso, 16 Jan 2014 6:29 PM
From: Dominican Republic, ****Raise your words, not your voice. Rain grows food, not thunder.****
PS: Lautaro, I was being facetious.
In other news caravans of 60-80 Haitians where sent back to Peru yesterday trying to enter Brazil.
Brazil asked the Peruvian authorities to close the border, as already 20,000 Haitians have entered illegally.
Brazil usually receives caravans of 20-30 Haitians at a time, but recently the influx of illegals has been in much greater number.
Written by: generoso, 16 Jan 2014 6:35 PM
From: Dominican Republic, ****Raise your words, not your voice. Rain grows food, not thunder.****
Realistic logic
That's a tall order, and inhumane treatment of protected species (sharks).
I will warn you that PETA will have a said so in this matter, for possible shark indigestions and deaths.
Written by: Lautaro, 16 Jan 2014 8:22 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Bring DT Forum Back
You had me fooled for a moment there, general. :-D
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