US Coast Guard repatriates 76 Dominican nationals and three Venezuelans


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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier on Wednesday repatriated 76 Dominicans and three Venezuelan nationals on a Dominican Navy vessel off Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The repatriation on Tuesday followed three separate illegal travel bans in Mona Pass.

According to the Coast Guard, the interdictions were the result of ongoing local and federal multi-agency efforts supporting the Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG).

He quoted Lieutenant Devonte Weems, commanding officer of cutter Joseph Napier, as saying he was extremely proud of Joseph Napier’s crew.

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Weems said that alongside other Coast Guard and CBP crews, they performed exceptionally well in what turned out to be a hectic day and night, interdicting three illegal voyage vessels and saving the lives of people on board.

“Vessels are most often in unseaworthy condition, excessively overloaded and lack sufficient lifesaving equipment,” he explained.

From Oct. 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, the Coast Guard issued 72 illegal travel bans in Mona Passage and waters near Puerto Rico.

Banned during this time are 1,919 non-US citizens, including 1,414 Dominicans, 404 Haitians, 01 Cuban, 1 Ecuadorian, 52 Venezuelans, 12 Uzbeks, and 35 unknown nationalities.

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