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20 Haitian migrants found on isle near Puerto Rico

July 12, 2014

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico say they have found 20 Haitian migrants on an island just west of the U.S. territory.

Puerto Rico police said Saturday that the group was located after someone noticed a bonfire burning overnight on Desecheo Island. Officials said there was a 12-year-old child in the group and everyone was in good health.

Authorities had said on Friday that they found several other Haitian migrants in the area.

Smugglers are increasingly transporting Haitian migrants to Puerto Rico, with many departing from the Dominican Republic.

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