Coast Guard repatriates 19 Cuban migrants

7th Coast Guard District NewsMIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island repatriated 19 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Thursday.

While on a routine patrol, a Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Branch aircraft located a rustic vessel with migrants aboard in the Florida Straits Saturday.

The Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island arrived on scene and safely embarked 20 Cuban migrants, who were later transferred to the cutter Pea Island.

One Cuban migrant was transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Sawfish for further processing Wednesday.

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

The Pea Island is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.

The Sawfish is an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West.

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.

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