Coast Guard: 9,800 migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic picked up in last fiscal year

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MIAMI — U.S. Coast Guard officials say roughly 9,800 people from Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic attempted to migrate illegally to the U.S. by sea in the last fiscal year.

Tuesday marked the end of fiscal year 2014. According to Coast Guard officials in Miami, 3,722 Cubans, 5,478 Haitians and 601 Dominicans were caught by U.S. authorities in the Florida Straits, the Caribbean and the Atlantic.

In the previous fiscal year, a little over 6,900 Cubans, Haitians and Dominicans were caught in those waters by U.S. authorities.

Migrants have long tried to enter the U.S. illegally by reaching Florida's coast. According to the Coast Guard, migrants are increasingly crossing Haiti's border with the Dominican Republic to board boats bound for Puerto Rico.

Fiscal year 2015 began Wednesday.

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