They return 20 Dominicans and a Haitian when trying to enter Puerto Rico

The US Coast Guard in Puerto Rico returned between last Sunday and this Tuesday 20 Dominicans and a Haitian to Punta Cana, who were detained last week trying to enter the island irregularly.

The operation where the group of irregular migrants was intercepted was carried out last Friday, when a plane from the Customs and Border Protection Office spotted a suspicious 22-foot boat (7 meters) on the Paseo de la Mona, west of Puerto Rico, detailed the Coast Guard in a press release released this Tuesday.

After the sighting, the coast guard dispatched their Heriberto Hernández boat, which then detained the group of migrants traveling on the suspicious ship.

After the arrest, the Coast Guard handed over the detainees to the crew who was traveling on the ship Joseph Tezanos for his due repatriation to Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic.

"For those thinking of taking an illegal trip, we urge you not to do it by sea"warned José E. Díaz, commander of the US Coast Guard in San Juan.

"This trip is extremely dangerous, as it puts his life in danger, as well as those of the rest of the people who also make this journey. These trips usually take place in unseaworthy boats, overloaded with people and without life-saving equipment for them."he added.

The interdiction was brought about by ongoing efforts in support of Operation Unified Resolve, Operation Caribbean Guard, and the Caribbean Border Inter-Agency Group (CBIG).

The CBIG was formally created to unify the efforts of US agencies in Puerto Rico, along with local security forces, in their common goal of protect the coasts of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands from immigration and drug trafficking.

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From October 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, the Coast Guard carried out 72 interdictions in the Mona Passage.

During that time, the authorities detained 1,919 citizens who tried to enter Puerto Rico irregularly, including 1,414 Dominicans, 404 Haitians, 52 Venezuelans, 12 Uzbeks, one Ecuadorian, one Cuban and 35 without knowledge of nationality.

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