They intercept a boat with 129 Haitian migrants in the Turks and Caicos Islands

The Turks and Caicos Islands Police reported Thursday that they intercepted a boat with 129 Haitian migrants heading to Providenciales, the second case in less than a week.

According to the statement, Navy Police officers located the vessel after being alerted by the United States Coast Guard.

The migrant group is made up of 107 men, including a minor, and 22 women.

The Haitians were taken to the port on the island of Providenciales and handed over to Immigration officials for processing.

The arrival of this group of migrants occurs after last Saturday the authorities intercepted another boat with 30 Haitians in the waters of the archipelago.

Since the beginning of the year, the Police have intercepted 17 boats carrying a total of 1,921 immigrants, mostly men.

To mitigate irregular migration, the US Department of Homeland Security has agents temporarily based in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

In his last New Year’s message, Prime Minister Washington Misick assured that the goal for 2023 is to reduce immigration.

Due to its proximity and standard of living, the Turks and Caicos archipelago has been a destination of choice for many Haitians seeking a better life.

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