US Coast Guard returns 71 migrants to the Dominican Republic following at-sea interdictions

A Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon interdicted a migrant yola vessel with 12 migrants on board on Friday, November 2, 2018, north of Dominican Republic. US Coast Guard photo

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The US Coast Guard returned 71 of 81 interdicted migrants to law enforcement authorities in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, over the weekend following multiple at sea interdictions off Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Ten other migrants interdicted are facing federal prosecution in Puerto Rico for attempting to illegally re-enter a US territory.

The interdictions were a result of ongoing efforts in support of Operation Unified Resolve, Operation Caribbean Guard and the Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG).

“Each vessel was grossly overloaded, which created an…

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