Coast Guard interdicts 40 Cuban migrants, repatriates 37

Coast Guard District 7 NewsMIAMI – The Coast Guard repatriated eight Cuban migrants Wednesday and 29 Cuban migrants Friday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba.

The Cuban migrants were interdicted at sea during two separate incidents since Dec. 17.

Three Cuban migrants are awaiting further disposition.

“The Coast Guard has a network of boats, cutters and aircraft ensuring border security and maintaining humanitarian responsibility to prevent the loss of life at sea.” said, Cmdr. Kevin Lopez, 7th Coast Guard District assistant chief of enforcement. “The majority of migrant vessels are dangerously overloaded, unseaworthy or otherwise unsafe. We continue to enforce federal laws and regulations prohibiting illegal entry, or bringing, or attempting to bring, undocumented migrants into the United States.”

For more information on how to legally immigrate to the United States, call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283 or visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov.

All migrants interdicted were provided with food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

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