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13 East Indian Migrants Found In Waters Off Of Puerto Rico

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         Mona Island near Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN – United States authorities say they have detained 13 people from India who were part of a group of migrants heading to Puerto Rico.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jeffrey Quinones says it’s the first time in more than a decade that Indian migrants have been detained in an illegal trip to this U.S. commonwealth.

The 19 migrants found aboard a wooden vessel also included five Dominicans and one Haitian.

Customs said yesterday that the group was found just north of Mona Island between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

They said one person was arrested and that the others were repatriated to the Dominican Republic.
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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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