US coast Guard repatriated 67 Haitian immigrants caught at sea

Posted by on Saturday, December 2, 2017 Under: Migration

The United States Coast Guard on Friday repatriated 67 Haitian immigrants intercepted Thursday, about 51 kilometers northeast of Tortuga Island, on the north coast of Haiti.

Some 179 Haitian immigrants have tried to illegally migrate to the United States by sea since October 1, when the fiscal year 2018 began, according to the Coast Guard.

During the past fiscal year, 1,869 Haitian immigrants tried to reach the country by this route.

"The Caribbean and the Straits of Florida are dangerous and unforgiving for migrants on illegal trips in overcrowded vessels," Captain Jason Ryan, of the Seventh Coast Guard District, said in a statement.

The US government announced on Monday the end of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti and gave 18 months to the 58,706 Haitian immigrants beneficiaries to leave the United States.

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