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35 illegal immigrants caught on Cooper Island

Some 35 illegal immigrants were caught on Cooper Island between February 14-15, 2024, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has reported. Photo: VINO/File
COOPER ISLAND, VI- Some 35 illegal immigrants have been caught on Cooper Island, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has reported.

According to the RVIPF, on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, just before midnight, following a joint operation between Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Officers and US Customs and Border Control, a vessel transporting suspected illegal immigrants was observed and intercepted just off the shores of Cooper Island.

"The vessel ran ashore on Cooper Island and 25 adults and children were found," the RVIPF stated in a press release today, February 15, 2024.

It said additional searches conducted during daylight around the island led to the discovery of an additional 10 individuals.

Whereabouts of boat captain 'unknown'- RVIPF

"The illegal immigrants have been handed over to the Immigration Department. The whereabouts of the captain are currently unknown. Investigations are ongoing in this matter," the RVIPF said.

The nationalities of the illegal immigrants were not disclosed.

20 Responses to “35 illegal immigrants caught on Cooper Island”

  • …. (15/02/2024, 16:13) Like (37) Dislike (23) Reply
    America the go with the dope when they help ayo but when it come to people they the make ayo foot the bill…let the man dem go bout them way..
  • Mehnn (15/02/2024, 16:47) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    We goin load up and go again any how
  • Greg (15/02/2024, 16:49) Like (30) Dislike (2) Reply
    Every Police Force has Officers who can speak another language. They know where these people came from. These rogue Captains take these immigrants' money and then maroon them on an island where the immigrants have nowhere to go to escape. So where did the captain go or is he acting like one of the group?
    • guy hill (15/02/2024, 23:42) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      Greg. The captain will be among the migrants. They almost never ID him. But there is a way to find out who he is.
  • wp (15/02/2024, 17:11) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply
  • US Resident (15/02/2024, 17:49) Like (19) Dislike (11) Reply
    Consider yourself lucky. 25,000 new illegals into the US a day! Put a stop to it before you are over run!
    • Realist (15/02/2024, 19:38) Like (8) Dislike (18) Reply
      Overrun! Get a grip. You have more land than you know what to do with. You’re just scared of those that are different. Land of the free. Land of opportunities. A nation built by immigrants. Not with people like you around.
      • Realistic Thinker/Writer/native (16/02/2024, 09:47) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        @ Realist: Please, Sir/Madame, use your brain more than your eyes and fingers. In other words, stop blogging foolishness.
    • @US Resident (15/02/2024, 21:57) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
      Get Biden out of there.
    • @US Resident (16/02/2024, 08:04) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      Please take the time to inform yourself about the BVIs. Some 60% of people here are from somewhere else, which some might say the place is already overun.It’s also not easy to hide long term in a country of 35,000, and certainly not on Cooper Island.

      There is also the question about the veracity of your assertion of 25,000 illegal immigrants entering the US per day. That works out to 9 million people per year, or a 3% increase in US’s population per year. US census data shows that US population growth in 2022 was 0.4% over 2021. NY Times reported last year that about 1.7 million migrants tried to enter the US in a 12 month period, so about 5,000 per day on average. Brookings Institute estimates US has about 12 million illegal immigrants in the US, or about 3%, so hard to say that the US is being overun on that basis.
    • Madussa (16/02/2024, 08:04) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ US Resident. The US can accommodate that many people because there is so much unoccupied land there. The small BVI cannot handle the influx of people sneaking in because there is no land for them to stay on since most of the land is owned by locals and not the government, so be realistic.
    • Realistic Thinker/Writer/native (16/02/2024, 09:34) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ US resident: sad, but true that your effort to help is seen as interference by some confused bloggers.
      Currently in the BVI many are without jobs, including, natives, residents and belongers. If illegal immigrants is allowed to continue infiltrating the BVI more pressure will be increase on our seekers of jobs, and crimes will increase rather than decrease.
    • @resident (16/02/2024, 14:51) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      The BVI did not spend the last 75 years interfering and destabilising the countries around us. We did not spend that time arming groups to stop any chance of a non-BVI-controlled government from holding power. We did not create death squads and fill countries up with weapons and employ gangsters to run phoney 'armies' that just took the guns and became criminal gangs.
      In short, your immigration 'problem' is a result your government's wicked work in Latin America over many decades, creating hollowed out societies run by criminals. The immigrants are coming home to roost. Your lying racist media tells you the desperate ones coming in to the US are the problem. You like the sound of that because it is easier than processing the truth.
  • Employment opportunity.. (16/02/2024, 07:06) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    I need a security Job. Can someone post the contact for the security boss..
    • .... (16/02/2024, 10:01) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      give them three days that at least then going break out and the snake head them goin have them rock within the day...

      The trade never ends....By Boat By Plane...the trade happens EVERYDAY
  • lodger (16/02/2024, 09:48) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    You all miss the point. They dont want to come to the BVI. They think they are being dropped on USA soil. If temporarily locked up, they most likely will abscond, relieving the BVI of the problem of what to do with them.
  • @.... (16/02/2024, 10:02) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    You're an IDIOT! (yes! I am shouting). No one wants to go through the Legal Process. Stop writing as you speak. It shows your ignorance.
  • Shoo Fly (16/02/2024, 10:43) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    If they can spend big big money, risk their lives to leave the hell that they have contributed to in their country,then something is not kosher if they cannot leave their country openly and on a plane or boat . BVI experience and many other countries big and small has had bad experience with these folks including those that are legal...Poverty becomes a factor crime and a degraded quality of life. Their countries they are leaving are all overflowing with natural, bauxite,,oil..quality soil... plenty rain and water. They leaving all that because they want some place else to muck up.,Nothing wrong with their country, the problem is their innate destructive character . Soon VI will have no choice but for the UK to construct an additional prison for them and their offsprings. Some of them will be paid workers for this their eventual home with a view, living large at the expense of the peoples of the VI and the UK.
  • Disinterested (16/02/2024, 11:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    To @@US Resident, Get rid of Joe Biden and replace him whom racist, narcissistic, misogynistic,,policy-void, yearning to be autocratic -dictator, etc., Trump? Well , Joe, may slow in his step, slow in recalling things at times, inadvertently mix up some things at times, But he is head and shoulders better for America and world than Trump. Trump is on a personal revenge campaign, trying to stay of jail from 4 criminal cases pending comprising 91 charges. He does give a rat’s ass about any of the 330 million Americans; he cares about himself though, today, tomorrow and the day after.

    @ US Resident, where did you get the 25,000 illegal entering the US daily from? Is this a Republican/Conservative talking point? I’m not condoning illegal entry into either the US or BVI, but the US is much, much larger country than the tiny BVI..Nevertheless, the social, economic,,political impact , etc on the US will be thousands order of magnitude less on the US than on the BVI where the impact will be felt immediately. Immigration into the BVI may be needed but needs to balanced and managed.
  • Proud BVI man (16/02/2024, 15:23) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    No vacancy deport them all!!!!

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