Coast Guard repatriates 11 Haitians, 3 Cubans to La Romana, Dominican Republic

7th Coast Guard District NewsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard Cutter Cushing repatriated 11 Haitians and three Cubans to La Romana, Dominican Republic Friday night, following an at-sea migrant interdiction Friday morning by Caribbean Border Interagency Group law enforcement authorities just off Mona Island, Puerto Rico.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Puerto Rico agreed to prosecute two other Dominicans and one Haitian from the interdicted vessel to face charges for illegal entry into a United States Territory.

Coast Guard Sector San Juan watchstanders received a report from a Customs and Border Protection agent Thursday night, who notified that the crew of a Customs and Border Protection dash-8 aircraft had located a migrant vessel, approximately 13 nautical miles north of Mona Island, Puerto Rico.

Coast Guard watchstanders diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Cushing to interdict the migrant vessel, while a Customs and Border Protection marine unit also responded. The crew of a Customs and Border Protection marine unit arrived on scene and interdicted the 21-foot migrant vessel with 17 people onboard, 13 men and four women, approximately three nautical miles from Mona Island.

The Coast Guard Cutter Cushing arrived on scene shortly thereafter, embarked the migrants and collected their biographical information, including their digital fingerprints and facial photographs, to determine if they had any criminal or illegal immigration history in the United States or a U.S. Territory.

The Cushing rendezvoused with CBP Border Patrol agents in Añasco, Puerto Rico Friday afternoon, where they took the 2 Dominicans and one Haitian men into custody to face judicial proceedings ashore.

The Cushing repatriated the remaining 14 migrants at approximately 8:20p.m. Friday to La Romana, Dominican Republic, where they turned custody of the migrants to awaiting Dominican Republic Naval authorities.

Coast Guard Cutter Cushing is a 110-foot patrol boat home ported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In July 2006, CBIG was formally created to unify efforts of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Office of Border Patrol – Ramey Sector, the United States Attorney‘s Office for the District of Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid action (FURA) in their common goal of securing the borders of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands against illegal migrant smuggling.

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