"I don't have work; I don't have a room; I'm hungry," he said of his life in Haiti. "If I can get to Puerto Rico, amen. If I can get a room, a job and papers, I'm leaving."
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Mr. Brutus said that when he approached smugglers about leaving Haiti, they told him they weren't traveling north and that their only destination was east to Puerto Rico.