Guyanese Nationals Iced Trying To Enter U.S. Illegally

Hardbeatnews, FAJARDO, Puerto Rico, Weds. Dec. 21, 2005: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents yesterday nabbed close to two-dozen Guyanese nationals, trying to enter the U.S. illegally via Puerto Rico.

The 21 were nabbed near Playa Lucia in the eastern Puerto Rico, ICE said yesterday after being spotted by Puerto Rico’s marine enforcement officers at approximately 5 a.m.

They were apparently attempting to land a “fragile, yawl-type vessel” in which they were traveling. Five are women while 16 are men. They are in custody and have been turned over to ICE detention and removal officers for deportation from the United States.

“Trying to circumvent existing immigration laws to illegally enter the United States is a crime that we cannot tolerate,” said Lydia St. John-Mellado, acting special agent-in-charge of ICE in Puerto Rico. “ICE will continue to work with its Department of Homeland Security (DHS) partners and the Puerto Rico Police Department to halt illegal immigration to the United States through Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”

This is the second group of Guyanese who have tried to enter the U.S. illegally through the eastern coast of Puerto Rico in the last 30 days, ICE said. On Nov. 23, 2005, ICE agents arrested 15 illegal immigrants from Guyana who claimed to be Canadian citizens and attempted to enter the United States through the small island of Culebra, off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico. –