Coast Guard repatriates 24 Cuban migrants

7th Coast Guard District NewsMIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island repatriated 24 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Thursday.

“U.S. Coast Guard policy is to deter and respond to dangerous, and illegal maritime migration by intercepting vessels pursuing perilous and illegal voyages,” said, Capt. Brendan McPherson, 7th Coast Guard District chief of enforcement.”We continue to maintain a robust presence of cutters and aircraft throughout the Caribbean to prevent illegal migration and migrant smuggling activities.”

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, Fla.

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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