Coast Guard: Arrests of migrants with criminal records rises

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says there has been an increase in the number of arrests in the Caribbean of migrants with criminal records who were deported from the U.S. and are trying to re-enter the country illegally.

Rear Admiral Peter Brown told The Associated Press Monday during a trip to Puerto Rico that the recent uptick is worrisome. He is the newly appointed commander for the Coast Guard's 7th District.

He said many of those migrants are trying to enter the U.S. from the Bahamas via boat, or attempting to enter the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico from nearby islands.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 24 percent of 375 migrants detained near Puerto Rico since October have been prosecuted, compared with 10 percent of 557 detained two years ago.