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More Than 100 Caribbean Migrants Discovered On Island Near Puerto Rico

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United States authorities have discovered more than one hundred Haitian and Dominican Republic migrants on an uninhabited Island near Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jeffrey Quinones, quoted by AlJazeera, said Park Rangers with the Puerto Rico Department of Environment and Natural Resources found the group on Mona Island.

“What we know preliminarily is that they were transported in just one vessel,” Quinones said.

The Miami Herald quoted him as saying that a boat dropped off the migrants and then took off.

And Quiñones told the publication there was no evidence that anyone drowned during Tuesday’s drop-off.

Anais Rodriguez, secretary of the Puerto Rico department that found them, said the group included 60 women, three of them pregnant, 38 men, and five children ranging in age from five to 13 years old.

On Sunday, the U.S. Border Patrol, Coast Guard, and Puerto Rico Police maritime units rescued nine undocumented immigrants after a boat became stuck on massive rocks near the northwestern town of Aguadilla.

The Coast Guard also rescued two people from the water with a helicopter.

Another seven appeared to make it to shore on their own.

The Coast Guard said responding units continued searching for approximately five hours, in favorable conditions, before suspending the search for others.

Headline photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

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7 COMMENTS

  1. We are hoping that will not be the only place of refuge for our students nurses from the department of nursing at SALCC. Those reports are really emotional nevertheless,our experience is mentally similar in the department of nursing at SALCC. The administration of that department is fueling such emotional and mental hurt. Please help us.

  2. fwm and GG if you have nothing nice to say, get off the chat. you are embarrassing me as a caribbean person. should we not have a voice?

  3. bro stop enabling. They tired of telling student nurse this is not the forum to voice the “concern” she/he keeps brining up. That’s like going to the Dentist and saying you have trouble with your vision. They continue to ignore the people directing them and keep commenting the same thing on all posts like a reee… mentally disabled person..

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