Coast Guard repatriates 15 Cuban migrants

Southeastern Coast Guard News
MIAMI — Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island repatriated 15 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received a report from a good Samaritan who detected Cuban migrants aboard a raft southeast of Boca Chica, Fla.

The Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island responded to the report and embarked the Cuban migrants who were later transferred to the Knight Island for repatriation.

“Although much of the nation’s attention is on the impact of sequestration, the United States Coast Guard’s day-to-day, critical missions including migrant interdiction operations remain steadfast,” said Cmdr. Timothy Cronin, 7th Coast Guard District assistant chief of enforcement. “We continue to patrol vigilantly to rescue and repatriate undocumented migrants who take to the sea, and together with our partner agencies, will vigorously investigate and prosecute migrant smuggling and associated crimes. There is a controlled, safe, and legal means of migration to the United States.  Failing to follow this process is illegal and needlessly endangers the lives of migrants and those sworn to protect our borders.”

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

The Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island is a 110-foot patrol boat, homeported in Key West, Fla.

The Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island is a 110-foot patrol boat, homeported in Key West, Fla.

The Knight Island and other Island-class patrol boats are being replaced by 58 new, Sentinel-class fast response cutters. The FRC is capable of speeds in excess of 28 knots and operating in seas up to 18-feet. The speed and stability of the FRC delivers tremendous lifesaving, law enforcement and homeland security capabilities in the same package.

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

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island, a 110-foot patrol boat, pose in front of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg, Florida, June 08, 2006.   USCG photo by PA1 Tasha Tully.

Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island US Coast Guard file photo

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