A United Nations refugee agency is calling for better asylum screening practices for Haitian migrants intercepted at sea, the Associated Press reports.
The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement Monday that more than 180 Haitians were intercepted in the Caribbean this month. The agency said it wasn’t aware of any Haitian migrant who was given an asylum screening.
A spokesman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said any migrant picked up at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard and who shows fear of being returned home is able to speak with a USCIS officer. This is to see if there’s a credible fear for persecution or torture.
Hundreds of Haitians are intercepted at sea each year as they try to flee their homeland for the Bahamas or Florida.
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