100 Haitian boatpeople try to reach US from Dominican coasts monthly
Santo Domingo.- An average monthly of 100 Haitians try to reach Puerto Rico illegally through Dominican Republic, whose Navy intercepts most of the crossings with stepped up patrols along the coasts, especially the East.
Statistics compiled by newspaper El Nacional show that from August 18 to November 23, the Navy detained 331 Haitians trying to cross to Puerto Rico.
Also intercepted aboard boats during that same period were 149 Dominicans, 14 Cubans eight Indians and one Ecuadorian, many setting course from various points of the East.
Of a total of 503 people reportedly arrested in three months, 331 were Haitians, during which the Navy seized 43, mostly makeshift boats known as yola.
The foreigners arrested by the Navy trying to reach Puerto Rico are usually handed over to the Immigration Agency, prior to repatriation to their respective nations.
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