World April 9, 2022 | 11:05 am

86 Dominicans and Haitians intercepted in Puerto Rico waters to be repatriated

The U.S. Coast Guard in Puerto Rico reported Friday that it has repatriated 72 Dominican migrants and returned 14 Haitians to the Dominican Republic after intercepting their boats in waters off western Puerto Rico.

According to the Coast Guard statement, one Dominican national remains in Puerto Rico to face federal prosecution on charges of attempting to re-enter the United States illegally.

The first vessel was intercepted last Tuesday after a Customs and Border Protection Maritime Force aircraft crew detected a suspicious illegal voyage in the Mona Passage in transit to Puerto Rico.

The boat carried 30 Dominican Republic nationals and seven Haitian men who were handed over to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel on Wednesday.

The second intervention occurred on Wednesday in the same area of the Mona Passage, a channel in the Antilles that separates the Dominican Republic from Puerto Rico and connects the Caribbean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean.

The intercepted vessel was heavily overloaded and capsized. Still, all passengers were rescued by the crew of the patrol boat Heriberto Hernandez, with the assistance of Puerto Rico Police marine units.

42 Dominicans and seven Haitians were traveling on that vessel and were also handed over to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel.

From October 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022, the Coast Guard has intercepted 53 illegal voyages in the Mona Passage and Caribbean waters near Puerto Rico.

A total of 1,308 migrants were traveling on these vessels, mainly from the Dominican Republic (940) but also from Haiti (298), Venezuela (36), and Cuba (24), among others.

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Felix Arroyo
April 9, 2022 3:34 pm

A big sign indicating that democracy/neoliberalism is not working in DR. It is not attending people nor providing opportunities for them. It is time to judge that form of governance and resource distribution. How much longer are Dominican to continue to solve their problem with illegal emigration?

Ramon Garcia
April 10, 2022 2:41 pm
Reply to  Felix Arroyo

More like a sign of ignorance from Dominicans

Felix Arroyo
April 10, 2022 3:35 pm
Reply to  Ramon Garcia

More than 2 million Dominicans live abroad! Why? It is not because they like hamburgers, American football or Country music! It is because DR failed them and the chase the superpower to get money to their people!

Alberto martinez
April 11, 2022 1:38 pm
Reply to  Felix Arroyo

This is more than ignorance than anything else, those people paid up to 15k dollars for that trip and even more they are not 100% poor, sometimes its Dominican that are in problem with justice and debts. And sometimes is a family from the US that is illegal and pay that kind of money to get them there.

Dominican generally dont even think about Puerto Rico as a place to go and live, middle class and uper class Dominican live better quality of life than those living in PR.

April 9, 2022 5:00 pm

See what I said…Always together. No matter what. Neighbors hanging with neighbors. They live together, have children together, get caught out on the yola together Haitians and Dominicans…They ride together and land on the Puerto Rican beach together….Bad Boys For Life!

Ramon Garcia
April 10, 2022 2:40 pm

What is there in PR for Dominicans?

Felix Arroyo
April 10, 2022 3:32 pm
Reply to  Ramon Garcia

A passage to the US!