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US Coast Guard repatriates 9 Haitian migrants

Saturday, January 25, 2014 | 4:06 PM    

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MIAMI, United States (CMC) - The United States Coast Guard says it has repatriated nine Haitian migrants to their homeland after it stopped a suspected migrant smuggling vessel east of Port Everglades, Florida.

“The crew aboard the Cormorant safely embarked nine Haitian migrants and two suspected smugglers,” the Coast Guard said, adding that the migrants were later transferred to the cutter Venturous for repatriation.

The two suspected smugglers were brought ashore for further investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and Border Patrol.

Last week, the Coast Guard repatriated 10 Haitian migrant survivors to Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, while Coast Guard rescue crews ended the search for two others in waters off Mona Island, Puerto Rico.

The Coast Guard has warned Haitians about attempting to enter the United States illegally, noting that many of them travel by boats that cannot last the journey.

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