"Caribbean maritime migration is a growing problem and a potential humanitarian crisis. As economic and political conditions worsen throughout the region, the numbers of migrants attempting to reach the U.S. by sea is growing exponentially, creating instability throughout the region and a significant threat to U.S. sovereignty and security. The threat itself is extremely diverse, ranging from complex criminal networks specializing in smuggling to unexpected surges in humanitarian migration. A successful strategy to meet this threat will rely on a number of elements, including strategic deterrence, coordinated interagency interdiction, and above all emphasizing safety of life at sea."
2008 Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.). Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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Homeland Security Affairs (April 2008), Supplement no.2