INS prepares to deport more than 160 Haitians
Dan Kane, spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, said
migrants will go through "expedited removal," which can be completed in days or
"Interdiction and repatriation of undocumented migrants at sea has been,
is and will
continue to be the policy of this government," Kane said.
Eighteen of the 185 migrants were released days after their December 3 rescue.
The migrants -- 142 men, 27 women, 15 boys and one girl -- made the 10-day
journey from Haiti in an overcrowded boat that ran aground near Biscayne National
Park. Two Haitians reported missing at sea have not been found.
Haitian migrants are usually repatriated immediately, but the Coast Guard
officials ferried the boat to shore for safety reasons.
This year, the Coast Guard has intercepted 1,765 Haitian migrants, compared
1,394 last year.
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