Coast Guard Interdicts, Repatriates 137 Migrants

MIAMI – The Coast Guard repatriated a total of 137 migrants Thursday and Friday, who were caught during six different attempts to enter the U.S. illegally since Saturday.

The migrants were interdicted in the following order:

* 16 Cuban migrants were interdicted from a rustic vessel Saturday 185 miles south of the Southwest Pass, La.

* 14 Cuban migrants were interdicted from a rustic vessel Sunday 42 miles south of the Southwest Pass, La.

* 27 Cuban migrants were interdicted from a go-fast vessel Monday 66 miles southwest of Marquesas, Fla.

* Seven Cuban migrants were interdicted from a rustic vessel Monday 35 miles south of Key West, Fla.

* 10 Cuban migrants were interdicted from a rustic vessel Tuesday 38 miles southwest of Key West.

* 63 Dominican migrants were interdicted on a wooden yola Wednesday 45 miles northwest of Borinquen, Puerto Rico.

“The bottom line is that 137 people needlessly risked their lives in ill-advised attempts to illegally enter our country,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chris O’Neil, public affairs officer for the Coast Guard’s Seventh District. “We will continue to aggressively patrol the Florida Straits and other routes used by those who try to subvert the immigration process, to secure our borders, save lives and bring to justice those who engage in migrant smuggling or other criminal activity.”

Once onboard Coast Guard vessels, all migrants receive food, water and any necessary medical attention.

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