Border Patrol Agents Apprehend 11 Cubans in Western Puerto Rico
AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico –Ramey Station U.S. Border Patrol agents, along with the Aguada Municipal Police, apprehended 11 aliens from Cuba that reached Puerto Rico’s western coast on Thursday.
“As with all aliens that we apprehend, we will process according to immigration law and identify anyone in the group that may have a prior criminal history that qualifies them for prosecution,” indicated Xavier Morales, Chief Patrol Agent of the Ramey Sector. “We want to reiterate that Cubans are not afforded any special considerations, and will be processed, ordered removed and returned to Cuba.”
On the afternoon of June 6, Ramey Border Patrol Agents along with the Aguada Municipal Police, a Stonegarden partner, responded to a maritime smuggling event finding a group of aliens, 7 men and 4 women, all claiming to be from Cuba. No vessel was found on shore.
All aliens were transported to the Ramey Station for immigration processing and removal.
On January 12, 2017, the Administration announced the immediate cessation of the wet feet, dry feet policy. For fiscal year 2017, Ramey Border Patrol Agents apprehended 184 Cubans and in 2018 apprehended four. To date only 1 Cuban had been apprehended.
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