Table 5-1 U.S. Coast Guard Migrant Interdictions at Sea, Calendar Years 1991-2001 as of June 5, 2002
U.S. Coast Guard Migrant Interdictions at Sea, Calendar Years 1991-2001 as of June 5, 2002
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NOTE: Interdiction data is based on individual interdictions reported by Coast Guard units.These interdictions mainly take place at sea, but also include rare instances where migrants are found ashore on remote islands/keys or pursued ashore from the sea.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Law Enforcement, December 2001, available at: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-o/g-opl/mle/amiostats1.htm#cy.
- As the primary maritime law enforcement agency, the USCG enforces immigration law at sea. The USCG conducts patrols and coordinates with other federal agencies and foreign countries to interdict undocumented migrants at sea, denying them entry via maritime routes to the United States, its territories, and possessions.Undocumented migrants interdicted at sea often can be returned to their countries of origin more quickly and at less cost than if they successfully enter the United States.
- The USCG maintains its humanitarian responsibility to prevent the loss of life at sea, since many migrant vessels are dangerously overloaded, unseaworthy, or otherwise unsafe.