US Border Patrol Apprehends 21 Non-Citizens from Haiti and the Dominican Republic Entering Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands

Release Date
Thu, 03/09/2023 - 12:00

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico –US Border Patrol Agents apprehended 21 non-citizen migrants from Haiti and the Dominican Republic that entered illegally into Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands in separate incidents.

On Mar. 8, Ramey Sector Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) received a report from the Virgin Islands Police Department of a possible non-citizen boarding a passenger ferry at the Cruz Bay pier in St. John, USVI that was heading to St. Thomas, USVI.
Border Patrol agents responded to the Red Hook passenger ferry pier in St. Thomas and arrested 10 non-citizens from Haiti.

Meanwhile in the Tortuguero area of the municipality of Vega Baja, Ramey Sector Border Patrol Agents arrested eleven non-citizens from the Dominican Republic, after landing on board a 25-foot “yola” type vessel.

All migrants will be processed and removed under federal immigration law.

The Ramey Sector is one of the twenty-one Sectors spread out across the United States.

Encompassing the U.S. territorial islands of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, it is the only Border Patrol Sector located outside the continental United States.

The Sector's entire border area is made up of coastline and its area of responsibility is made up of some 6,000 square miles of land and water area, including the twelve-mile band of territorial water surrounding the Islands.

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