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A Puerto Rican fire lieutenant has been accused of transporting and harboring migrants who entered the United States illegally

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A firefighter has been charged with transporting and harboring migrants who entered Puerto Rico illegally, federal authorities said Thursday.

A federal grand jury indicted him on Wednesday, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Marcos Concepción, commissioner-designate of the Puerto Rico Fire Department, said he immediately ordered Rodríguez suspended.

“These are very serious charges,” Concepción said.

The accusation comes amid a spike in migrants from Haiti and the Dominican Republic trying to reach US territory illegally on smuggler boats as they flee poverty and violence.

ABC News

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