Two suspected smugglers were taken into custody for further questioning.
“This smuggling attempt unnecessarily put lives at great risk, including the lives of young children,” said Cmdr. Timothy Cronin, Coast Guard 7th District deputy chief of enforcement. “There have been no changes to U.S. immigration laws, and the Coast Guard, along with its interagency partners, will seek to prosecute smugglers to the fullest extent of the law and promptly return illegal migrants to their respective county of origin.”
Since Oct. 1, 2014, the Coast Guard estimates that 2,231 Haitians, 2,700 Cubans and 468 Dominicans have tried to illegally migrate to the U.S. via the sea. via | Local 10 News