The US Coast Guard in San Juan reported on Wednesday that it repatriated 96 Dominican and Haitian immigrants to the Dominican Republic after intercepting three boats on Mona Island, a nature reserve located west of Puerto Rico.
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“We urge anyone intending to cross the Mona Pass by illegal means not to set sail,” Lt. Commander Edward Kunigonis, chief of security forces for the San Juan sector, said in a statement.
As detailed by the Coast Guard, the ship Donald Horsley carried out the first operation on Sunday, intercepting an improvised vessel with 64 migrants, 62 Dominicans and two Haitians, after a crew detected the vessel in Cabo Rojo, in the west of Porto Rico.