Coast Guard repatriates 9 Haitian migrants

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MIAMI – Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Venturous repatriated nine Haitian migrants to Cap Haitian, Haiti, Wednesday.

On January 12th, the Coast Guard Cutter Cormorant and a Customs and Border Protection marine unit interdicted a suspected migrant smuggling vessel east of Port Everglades, Fla. The crew aboard the Cormorant safely embarked nine Haitian migrants and two suspected smugglers. The migrants were later transferred to the cutter Venturous for repatriation and the two suspected smugglers were brought ashore for further investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and Border Patrol.

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter all migrants receive food, water, shelter, and basic medical attention.

The Venturous is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter, homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Cormorant is a 87-foot patrol boat, homeported in Fort Pierce, Fla.

For more information on how to legally immigrate to the U.S., call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283 or visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov.

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