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Haiti - Social : Again, 57 Haitians abandoned on a desert island
"Leaving migrants in the island of Desecheo demonstrates how smuggling organizations have complete disregard for the safety of the persons on board these makeshift vessels," said Ramiro Cerrillo, Chief Patrol Agent for the CBP Ramey Sector. "We reiterate our message that potential migrants not be fooled by false promises made by these criminals."
At approximately 9a.m. Tuesday, Coast Guard Watchstanders in Sector San Juan alerted CBP Ramey Sector Border Patrol Station agents that the crew of a patrolling Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Borinquen had detected a group of suspected migrants in Desecheo. Border Patrol Agents boarded a Puerto Rico Police maritime unit and reached Desecheo to confirm the landing and provide immediate emergency medical assistance.
In Desecheo Border Patrol Agents confirmed the presence of 58 undocumented migrants, 57 Haitians and one Cuban, including 14 females. Border Patrol Agents administered first aid to a number of migrants who had symptoms of dehydration.
In the afternoon, the Coast Guard Cutter Cushing transported the group of migrants to the Mayaguez Port of Entry for further transfer to Aguadilla for immigration processing by Border Patrol.
On August 2, members of the Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) also intervened with a group of 84 Haitians in Desecheo Island.
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