2 detained after Dominican Republic boat capsizes

2 detained after Dominican Republic boat capsizes

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MISSION, TX - APRIL 11: Undocumented immigrants from El Salvador sit handcuffed after being detained by the U.S. Border Patrol near the U.S.-Mexico border on April 11, 2013 near Mission, Texas. A group of 16 immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador said they crossed the Rio Grande River from Mexico into Texas during the morning hours before they were caught. The Rio Grande Valley sector of has seen more than a 50 percent increase in illegal immigrant crossings from last year, according to the Border Patrol. Agents say they have also seen an additional surge in immigrant traffic since immigration reform negotiations began this year in Washington D.C. Proposed refoms could provide a path to citizenship for many of the estimated 11 million undocumented workers living in the United States. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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Posted on June 26, 2014 at 4:02 PM

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard has detained two suspected human smugglers after rescuing 19 Haitian migrants when a boat capsized near the Dominican Republic, killing one person.
   
Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad said Thursday that the men in custody are suspected of forcing migrants overboard and causing the boat to capsize. He says one Haitian man died.
   
Authorities say the incident happened Sunday as the boat was headed to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
   
Haitian migrants are increasingly traveling to the Dominican Republic as a jumping off point for attempts to reach Puerto Rico. Dozens have been rescued in nearby waters in recent months.

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