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Haiti - Social : 82 boat people repatriated yesterday in Cap-Haitien
Friday, the crew of the Confidence located a 40-foot sailing vessel northwest of Great Inagua, Bahamas. Once on scene, the crew distributed lifejackets and safely transferred the 82 migrants to the Confidence from the sailing vessel. Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants are provided with food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.
"The Coast Guard strongly advises against taking to sea in an attempt to illegally enter the United States" had declared the Capt. Eduardo Pino, Seventh Coast Guard District chief of response, adding "Taking to sea in a grossly overloaded vessel with little or no safety gear needlessly places human lives at risk. The Coast Guard will continue to rescue Haitian migrants from their peril at sea and will always do so in a professional manner that preserves the dignity of all people."
Parallel to the repatriation of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Bahamas have announced that they will continue repatriate illegal Haitian "We are a sovereign country and we will obviously discuss the issue on the ground in Haiti, but unless things change in this country, our policy will remain the same" had declared Brent Symonette, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bahamas.
See also :
https://www.haitilibre.com/article-822-haiti-social-323-boat-people-rapatries.html (in french)
https://www.haitilibre.com/article-213-haiti-social-85-boat-people-interceptes-a-3-miles-au-sud-de-french-cay.html (in french)
https://www.haitilibre.com/article-656-haiti-usa-97-boat-people-rappatries-au-cap-haitien.html (in french)
https://www.haitilibre.com/article-40-haiti-seisme-105-boat-people-interceptes.html (in french)