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Family members want Haitians who survived boat capsizing released by immigration authorities – The Washington Post


Capsized%2520Boat_005Since the news broke, Dieudonne Alcinor has been trying to find out if her 37-year-old niece was among the survivors being detained by immigration officials — or if the niece was among those who died.

“We are suffering a lot,” Alcinor said at a news conference in Miami’s Little Haiti.

The ill-fated voyage began in the Bahamas, U.S. officials say. Drowning was the cause of death in all four cases, said Larry Cameron, director of operations at the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office.

One has been identified as a 38-year-old Haitian woman, Carmen Valeris, but no one has come forward to identify the other three victims, Cameron said.

Six Jamaican and Bahamian citizens, including two men identified by other survivors as the boat’s captain and the crewman, face a charge of attempting to illegally enter the U.S. after being deported. The crewman also faces a charge of attempted smuggling. via – The Washington Post

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