SAN JUAN – U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported Friday the detention of 11 Cuban migrants who landed on Mona Island, a small speck of land off the western coast of Puerto Rico.
The 10 men and one woman reached the islet on Thursday and were assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard, CBP said in a statement.
The Coast Guard transported the undocumented migrants to the port of Mayaguez for processing.
“We want to reiterate our warning about the dangers of the journey and thus avert an unfortunate incident during this Holy Week period,” Ramiro Cerrillo, CBP chief at Ramey Base in the northwestern municipality of Aguadilla, said in the statement.
On March 7, CBP detained 12 undocumented migrants, including a woman who was seriously ill, on Mona Island.
U.S. federal authorities have detained 143 undocumented Cuban immigrants in Puerto Rican territory since the start of the 2016 fiscal year on Oct. 1, CBP said.
The migrants are drawn to Puerto Rico by Washington’s “wet foot, dry foot” policy toward undocumented Cubans, which allows those who reach U.S. soil to remain and apply for legal permanent residence.