It’s been going on for years. Smugglers land on the East End. Illegal immigrants are their cargo. The U.S. Coast Guard reports they have intercepted 400 illegals in the VIs in the last six months.
Last week, two Haitians were convicted of smuggling for hiding three migrants in an SUV on the car barge crossing from Cruz Bay to St. John.
Migrants often fly from their homelands to Dominica where smugglers pick them up on sailboats headed to the Territory, according to a report by the Associated Press. The Coast Guard told the AP that almost 75% of the illegals captured recently were Cubans, 11% Haitians, and 10% Chinese.