ST. CROIX, VIGIN ISLANDS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers apprehended 18 undocumented migrants on Sunday, after receiving a call concerning the landing of illegal aliens on the east end of St. Croix.
CBP officers, Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) agents and the local police department responded to the location on Sunday night and detained a total of three females and fifteen males. Fourteen individuals were Cuban nationals in possession of some sort of I.D. cards, and four were Haitian nationals.
The undocumented migrants were transported to the Henry E. Rohlsen airport where they will be processed under U.S. immigration law for illegal entry. Homeland Security Investigation agents were on site to interview the subjects.
"People who attempt to illegally enter a U.S. territory not only risk becoming victims of criminal organizations but are also subject to formal administrative processing and arrest by CBP agents and officers." stated St. Croix Area Port Director Douglas Vinroy. "Our officers will remain vigilant to curtail illegal entry attempts in our area of responsibility."
CBP officers processed the Cuban aliens under the "Wet Foot, Dry Foot" policy; a 1995 amendment of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966. The Haitian Nationals were processed for Expedited Removal.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.