NEWS: Eleven illegal Chinese immigrants found

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Jyothi Kanics---Global Survival Network (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Fri, 14 Aug 1998 12:25:37 -0700 (PDT)


Eleven illegal Chinese immigrants found
The Associated Press, August 13, 1998

CHRISTIANSTED, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) - Eleven illegal immigrants from
China were found wandering on the island of St. Thomas after they were
abandoned by the smugglers who brought them there, police said Thursday.

The 10 men and one woman were discovered by residents near eastern Sapphire
Village.

The group was being interviewed by U.S. Immigration and Naturalization
Service agents on St. Croix. Some of the immigrants told police they paid
as much as dlrs 10,000 to be smuggled into the United States.

Since the beginning of 1998, 132 Chinese illegal immigrants have been
caught in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Immigration officials said 220 were
caught last year.

The Caribbean has become an increasingly busy transshipment area for
Chinese immigrants, who often agree to years of indentured servitude in
exchange for being smuggled to the United States.


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