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13 Cuban, Haitian migrants found near Puerto Rico

December 23, 2014

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities say they have detained 13 Cuban and Haitian migrants near the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement Tuesday that the group was found in uninhabited Mona Island just west of Puerto Rico.

Officials said there were 10 Cubans and 3 Haitians in the group. Haitians are usually repatriated while Cubans who reach U.S. territory can stay in the country.

The agency said 958 migrants have been detained in the past year. Officials said smugglers often leave them stranded on tiny islands near Puerto Rico.

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