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9 CUBANS TURN THEMSELVES IN TO INS OFFICERS

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April 18, 2002 – Authorities didn't have to apprehend nine Cuban nationals who reached St. Thomas illegally on Wednesday. The seven men and two women showed up at the Immigration and Naturalization Service office on their own and asked to be arrested, according to court documents.
On Thursday, the nine were advised of their rights in District Court and U.S. Magistrate Judge Geoffrey Barnard ordered them held without bail. They are to be back in court on Friday to enter their pleas to charges of entering the territory and the United States illegally.
All nine of the Cubans told immigration officials that they traveled first from Cuba to the Dominican Republic, and then from there to St. Thomas, according to an affidavit from INS Special Agent Kirk Thomas.
The Virgin Islands is a common destination for illegal immigrants from Haiti, China, the Dominican Republic and Colombia, but it is unusual for Cuban aliens to arrive in the territory, INS spokesman Ivan Ortiz said from the agency's regional office in San Juan.
Cubans arriving on U.S. soil who do not have criminal records can go through INS processing and obtain legal status to live in the United States after one year, Ortiz said. However, those who are intercepted at sea normally are repatriated to Cuba, he added.
The nine people were identified in court papers as Yadelys Hernandez Candano, Maricela Cruz Moreno, Miguel Angel Gutierrez Arcia, Orlando Frovencio Muro Nunnez, Eliel Hernandez Rojas, Loiete Galindo Sarduy, Vladimir Perez Garcia, Oslirio Valdes Hurtado and Roger Carlos Diaz.

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