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CBP, Park Service apprehend 11 Cuban Immigrants in St. John

Release Date: 
April 5, 2016

ST. JOHN, Virgin Islands — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers and National Park Service (NPS) Rangers apprehended 11 undocumented immigrants in the southeastern side of the island.

CBP Field Operations received a report from Virgin Islands Police officers of alleged undocumented immigrants wandering around Coral Bay.

A view of Coral Bay in St. John US Virgin Islands

View of Coral Bay in St. John US Virgin Islands

“Our officers cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of U.S. laws by ensuring that individuals who have circumvented immigration inspection and attempt to elude detection are identified and detained” stated Area Port Director Louis Harrigan.

NPS Rangers found the group, (6 males, 4 females, 1 female child) at the Morovian church in Coral Bay.  All claimed to be Cuban nationals and most presented Cuban passports as proof of identity.  

The group was transported to the US Citizenship and Immigration Service for processing. 

On March 28 CBP, VIPD and NPS apprehended another group of 11 undocumented immigrants, 5 Haitians and 6 Indian. 

The Administration has no plans to change the current immigration policy toward Cuba or seek legislative changes in relation to the Cuban Adjustment Act.
CBP continues to promote safe, legal and orderly migration from Cuba under our Migration Accords and deter dangerous and illegal migration from Cuba.

After admissibility processing, the Cuban nationals will receive a Notice to Appear (NTA) before an Immigration Judge, for further proceedings under the Cuban Migration Agreement of 1995 and the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017