Coast Guard stops illegal migration

Published on May 30th, 2022

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant’s crew repatriated 146 Haitians to Cap-Haitien, Haiti on May 27, after being stopped approximately 45 miles southeast of Islamorada, Florida. The distance between these locations is 565nm.

A Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations air crew spotted the grossly overloaded vessel on May 24, and Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant and Station Islamorada crews diverted to the vessel. Once on scene, the crews provided the people with life jackets due to safety concerns associated with the vessel being grossly overloaded.

“Attempting to migrate illegally by sea to the United States from Haiti is incredibly dangerous,” said Lt. Paul Puddington, a Coast Guard District Seven enforcement officer. “The Coast Guard and our partners will continue to vigilantly patrol, detect, intercept, and deter unsafe voyages.”

In Fiscal Year 2022, Coast Guard crews have thus far interdicted 5,003 Haitian migrants compared to:
• 1,527 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2021
• 418 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2020
• 932 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2019
• 609 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2018
• 419 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2017

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention. The Coast Guard Fiscal Year is from October 1 to September 30.

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