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US Coast Guard repatriates 71 Cuban migrants
Published on January 17, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans repatriated 71 Cuban migrants on Sunday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba.

This repatriation was a result of five separate at-sea migrant interdictions in the South Florida Straits between January 4 and January 6, prior to the Department of Homeland Security policy change on January 12. In each instance, the Coast Guard helped secure the US border and prevented these sea voyages from ending in tragedy.

“We discourage anyone from taking to the sea and attempting to reach US soil illegally – they are risking their lives with very little chance of success,” said Capt. Mark Gordon, chief of enforcement for the Coast Guard 7th District. “Navigating the Florida Straits can be extremely dangerous for the unprepared especially with the rough weather we are seeing. The Coast Guard and our partner agencies continue our missions and operations in the Southeast and remain ready to stop those who take the illegal, ill advised and unsafe journey across the Florida Straits.”

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

Since October 1 at least 1,893 Cubans attempted to migrate to the US via the maritime environment compared to 7,411 in fiscal year 2016. These statistics represent the total number of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, the Caribbean and Atlantic.
 
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