Photo: Puerto Rico Immigration
Fifty-one people - 39 men and 12 women, all of Haitian nationality - were detained Tuesday by Puerto Rican and U.S. authorities when the group arrived illegally on the Caribbean island.
Puerto Rican police said that the detentions were conducted on the Desecheo islet by agents with the police’s Joint Forces of Rapid Action and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
At the time of the detentions, agents did not find any boat which the Haitians might have used to get to the island suggesting that they may have been dropped off there by people smugglers.
U.S. Coast Guard personnel took charge of the detained migrants.