Capsized Haitian Boat Wasn’t Human Smuggling; Attorney Says Migrants Were Fleeing ‘Certain Death’

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Currents News Staff

We’re learning more about that boat carrying hundreds of Haitian migrants to Florida over the weekend.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection now says it was not a case of human smuggling.

They determined this by examining the type of boat used, an old wooden boat. Smugglers typically use speedboats or cabin cruisers.

Some of the migrants who tried to swim to shore needed medical assistance.

One person who knows all about the plight of Haitian migrants and the treacherous journeys many of them take to get to the U.S. is Vanessa Joseph.

She’s an immigration attorney at Catholic Legal Services in Miami and joins Currents News.