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Dominican Republic / Immigrants Smuggling #129754

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 18, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Dominican Republic: Mark Potter) ABC News investigation into smuggling of immigrants from the Dominican Republic into the US featured; scenes shown of group of Dominicans setting off in boat for Puerto Rico; map shown of smuggling route. Difficulty of passage from Dominican Republic to western Puerto Rico detailed; scenes shown from Coast Guard videotapes of overloaded wooden boats in dangerous waters. [US Border Patrol Joe MENDEZ - says quite a few drown.] [US Coast Guard Captain Paul BLAYNEY - says Dominican government gives no help.] [Dominican civil defense director Eugenio CABRAL - (thru translator) comments on bribery of the military.] Most immigrants noted able to slip by United States coastal authorities.

Jennings, Peter;
Potter, Mark

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