Haitian migrants are paying human smugglers between $1,000 to $1,500 to be smuggled into the US territory of Puerto Rico. The migrants are targeting the island because it is much easier to enter the United States illegally once they are in US territory.
The United States Coast Guard stated that it has captured 352 Haitian migrants who were attempted to smuggle into Puerto Rico in the first half of 2013. In comparison, between October 2010 to September 2011, the US Coast Guard captured 13 Haitian migrants.
Source: Associated Press, “More Haitians Using Puerto Rico As Migrant Route,” NPR, May 6, 2013.