Tuesday, January 27, 2015

16 Cubans, 2 Dominicans Arrested While Trying to Enter Puerto Rico Illegally


Fascinating Fact: The consequences are far greater than, if they would have entered through the Mexican border.

SAN JUAN – Sixteen Cubans and two Dominicans were detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents as they were trying to enter Puerto Rico illegally.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported the incident in a press release, saying that the migrants had been detained last Thursday as they were sailing on a small boat 20 miles (12 kilometers) northwest of Mona Island, which is located about 40 mi. (70 km) off Puerto Rico’s western coast.

The Cubans included 13 men and three women, and – along with the two Dominican men – appeared before Federal Judge Silvia Carreño Coll on Monday on charges of violating federal immigration law.

The migrants had all been denied visas previously and their names were included on the lists of federal immigration authorities.

The Dominicans – identified as Antonio Santana Areche, 41, and Felix Manuel Mejias Rijo, 39 – may have been trying to smuggle the Cubans into Puerto Rico.

Mejias, if found guilty, is facing a fine and imprisonment for no less than six months, while Santana could face a fine and a prison term not greater than 10 years, according to the CBP communique.


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