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Haitians left on barren islands off Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Three groups of migrants from Haiti and Cuba have been abandoned by smugglers in recent days on two barren islands off Puerto Rico, officials said Monday.

The migrants, 42 Haitians and five Cubans, were left on rugged Mona and Monita islands by smugglers transporting them from the Dominican Republic, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Jeffrey Quinones said.

In one of the incidents, on May 22, a group of 20 Haitians, including one child, were found clinging to a rock off Mona Island after the smugglers forced them to jump into the water.

The two uninhabited islands are in the Mona Passage that separates the Dominican Republic and the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico.

The migrants were taken into Border Patrol custody. Haitians are generally repatriated while Cubans who reach land in U.S. territory can stay in the country.

Separately, the Royal Bahamas Defense Force reported it had detained 76 Haitian migrants Friday night in an overloaded vessel passing through the Exuma chain. The migrants were in good health and were taken to Nassau, where they were to be processed before being sent back to their country, the military said in a statement released Monday.

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richard.ramos28 June 02 2014 at 6:48 PM

Why are Cubans allowed to stay? They are still illegal.

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Deadeye June 02 2014 at 8:08 PM

I've heard over 1500 illeagles are captured evey day and the border patrol can't handle anymore. Our gov't is failing to keep our country safe. Only God knows who has slipped into our country. Maybe the gitmo 5 will sneak in next, and we'll never know...

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dollars4deals June 02 2014 at 8:24 PM

Only a fool would condemn another for wanting a life. I hope they make it to FREEDOM some day.

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bigshadyobama June 02 2014 at 11:14 PM

HILLARY WILL MAKE SURE THESE VOTES WILL NOT BE SENT BACK...

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jay love bigshadyobama June 03 2014 at 2:00 AM

Barack already has made sure of that!!

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nojohnnyno jay love June 03 2014 at 12:01 PM

Actually, President Obama has created and enforced the toughest illegal immigrant laws in history. You might have known that if you actually paid attention. Instead, you choose to shoot off your mouth like a babbling idiot.

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vafilec_39 jay love June 03 2014 at 1:53 PM

NOJOHN: Please enlighten us as to those tough illegal immigrant laws. Tried to google that but must have entered a wrong question.....no info.

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NowStopIt bigshadyobama June 03 2014 at 11:12 AM

Hillary 2016!!

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moooooooooochelle NowStopIt June 03 2014 at 11:52 AM

HILLARY/NUGENT...2016

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dan_crabtree June 02 2014 at 8:55 PM

Haiti remans a dismall failure since first winning there independence from the dutch in around 1840...hard to beleive but at one time haiti was know the world over as the paris of the carribbean up and untill they won there independence that is...downhill slide ever since..

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Rai June 02 2014 at 8:33 PM

America's Immigration system at work. Cubans can stay. Haitians speak french and maybe to black for America. I know sounds racist. Ok, you give me a reason for this discrepancy that really really makes sense.

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joshoemakr June 03 2014 at 12:12 AM

Why not force the SMUGGLERS into the water and let them cling to a rock for their life for a while? They are the real villians in this scenario--the people who were smuggled were just trying for a better life.

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Bulldog joshoemakr June 03 2014 at 11:15 AM

The Human Mind sure is scary !

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weikamis June 02 2014 at 7:52 PM

Sad. ALL should have been given asylum, they were human beings that got caught up in a terrible tragedy!

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I LOVE YOU JENNY June 02 2014 at 7:14 PM

They should have taken the to Ireland!!!!!!!!

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Lisa I LOVE YOU JENNY June 02 2014 at 11:05 PM

In the past several years, you would be surprised to learn which countries around the world have welcomed Cuban refugees.

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miltrand7 Lisa June 03 2014 at 1:16 AM

That's because Florida can't hold anymore.

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vafilec_39 Lisa June 03 2014 at 1:59 PM

Good......lets give them to the land that wants more refugees. Our system of welfare will be gone, along with money and then the USA legal citizens will realize they have nothing to fall back on when laid off or have a bad accident and have no way of supporting their families. These are the people that have been paying taxes since they began working and have the right to expect help at that time in their lives.......not the refugees nor the illegals.

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ttt284 I LOVE YOU JENNY June 03 2014 at 9:51 AM

Why Ireland Jenny?

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npaleorelic June 03 2014 at 6:26 AM

Well here we go again.....free housing, food stamps, medical card, a job, free college tuition and blah, blah, blah. All because they tried to probably sneak into the country and I, a veteran, can't get any of the above listed freebies no matter how much I would need them too.

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kcarthey npaleorelic June 03 2014 at 6:46 AM

Only for the Cubans who get instant citizenship and membership in the Republican Party. The Hatians get sent back.

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James M. Adams kcarthey June 03 2014 at 6:56 AM

Thank God for small miracles.

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