Coast Guard Intercepts Over 300 Migrants Attempting To Reach US, Sends Them Back Home

In a series of recent operations, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted more than 300 migrants trying to reach American shores, sending them back to their home countries of Haiti and the Bahamas. This announcement was made on Monday as part of Operation Vigilant Sentry, conducted in collaboration with Homeland Security officials.

Coast Guard enforcement officer Lt. Nick Fujimoto emphasized the dual nature of the mission, which combines law enforcement with humanitarian efforts, especially as hurricane season approaches. “The OVS maritime border security mission is often equal parts law enforcement and humanitarian response, especially as we enter hurricane season and marine weather becomes more severe and unpredictable,” he said.

The intercepted migrants were returned to their home countries over the past week. The Coast Guard reported that 196 migrants were stopped north of Haiti on Wednesday and Thursday, and they were sent back to Haiti on Monday. Additionally, 109 migrants were intercepted near Anguilla Cay and turned over to the Royal Bahamas Defense Force on Sunday by Coast Guard cutters Raymond Evans and Richard Etheridge.

Lt. Fujimoto urged potential migrants to reconsider attempting the dangerous journey by sea. “The Coast Guard urges any potential migrants considering the journey, don’t take to the sea and risk your life just to be sent back,” he added.

Operation Vigilant Sentry is a key part of the Coast Guard’s ongoing efforts to secure U.S. maritime borders. The agency routinely patrols the waters off the coast to intercept migrant groups attempting to reach the U.S. Those captured are typically provided with food and care until they can be safely repatriated.

The recent interceptions highlight the persistent issue of illegal migration and the risks involved in these perilous journeys. The Coast Guard remains vigilant in its mission to protect U.S. borders and ensure the safety of those attempting the dangerous voyage across the sea.

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