CaribWorldNews, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Sept. 11, 2009: Some 1,374 Haitian migrants trying to sneak into the U.S. illegally were captured and returned by U.S. Coast Guard agents so far this year.
That’s according to a CaribWorldNews analysis of reported Coast guard repatriations so far for 2009.
The latest group was sent back this week, some 164, repatriated to Cap Haitien, Haiti, Tuesday, after they were interdicted at sea on Monday.
The 164 were apparently trying to get to U.S. soil on an overloaded 40-foot Haitian sail freighter. They were nabbed about 30 miles west of Great Inagua, Bahamas.
The summer has been largely silent in terms of repatriation but dozens were caught and sent packing in the first quarter of the year. January was especially a busy month, with 621 Haitians sent back in the first month of 2009.
The U.S. remains an attractive option for Haitian migrants, anxious to flee the poverty of their homeland. But unlike Cuban migrants, Haitians who make it to U.S. soil are sent back since the controversial wet foot, dry land policy does not apply to them.