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Press Release | March 3, 2023

Coast Guard repatriates 49 people to Haiti

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MIAMI — Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered's crew repatriated 49 Haitians to Haiti, Friday, following an interdiction off Florida's coast.

Station Lake Worth Inlet and partner agency law enforcement crews alerted Sector Miami of a suspicious vessel, Monday, at approximately 10:30 p.m., about 2 miles off Lake Worth Inlet.

There were 52 Haitian men, women, and children, and 2 Bahamians.

One female was medevaced, Monday afternoon, to a higher level of care for symptoms of abdominal pain. One female was pronounced deceased Wednesday and transported to a local hospital.

The two Bahamians were repatriated to The Bahamas, Wednesday.

"Illegally migrating to the U.S. by sea is dangerous and deadly," said Petty Officer 1st Class Nicole J. Groll, Coast Guard District Seven. “Illegally migrating by sea may disqualify you from the new parole programs announced earlier this year."

Since Oct. 1, 2022, Coast Guard crews encountered 3,567 Haitian migrants compared to: 

  • 7,175 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2022 
  • 1,527 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2021 
  • 418 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2020 
  • 932 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2019 
  • 609 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2018 
  • 419 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2017 

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention. 

For more information about newly announced immigration programs: 

Fact Sheet: Biden/Harris Administration announces new border enforcement actions 

Secretary Mayorkas Delivers Remarks on DHS's Continued Preparation for the End of Title 42 and Announcement of New Border Enforcement Measures and Additional Safe and Orderly Processes 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Processes for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans 

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