The U.S. Customs and Border patrol has repatriated more than 100 Dominicans since the beginning of the year.
U.S. authorities say since January, 126 undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic were intercepted attempting to enter the country illegally in 4 separate incidents.
On January 20, a patrol aircraft detected a vessel between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, carrying 30 undocumented migrants.
On the 21st, a “yola” vessel carrying 38 undocumented Dominicans, was intercepted shortly after departing D.R.
On the 23rd, 33 Dominicans, 2 Haitians and 2 Cubans were found off the coast of Puerto Rico.
Then on Monday, 16 illegal Dominicans were found among 22 passengers on a vessel near Puerto Rico.
All the vessels were described as being “grossly overloaded and unseaworthy”, and the journey from D.R. to the U.S. crosses the Mona Passage, which is said to be treacherous and deadly.
74 of the migrants were repatriated back to the Dominican Republic last week, with others to follow.
30 of the captured migrants who have immigration and/or criminal records. In addition to facing felony conviction for crimes such as human smuggling, narcotics, and weapons charges, they will also be prosecuted for attempting to re-enter the U.S.