Coast Guard repatriates 33 Cuban migrants

Kathleen MooreMIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore repatriated 12 Cuban migrants Tuesday and another 21 Cuban migrants Friday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba.

These repatriations are a result of four separate migrant interdictions at sea within the last week in the south Florida Straits. In each instance, the Coast Guard helped secure the U.S. border and prevented these sea voyages from ending in tragedy.

“Safety of life at sea continues to be the Coast Guard’s primary concern,” said Capt. Aldante Vinciguerra, chief of response for the 7th Coast Guard District. “Migrants aboard overloaded and unseaworthy vessels are putting their lives at extreme risk of injury and death. The Coast Guard with our partner agencies continue to patrol vigilantly to rescue and repatriate undocumented migrants who take to the sea.”

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

Since Oct. 1, at least 5,241 Cubans attempted to migrate to the U.S. via the maritime environment compared to 4,473 in fiscal year 2015.  These statistics represent the total number of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, the Caribbean and Atlantic.

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.

The Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore is a 154-foot fast response cutter homeported in Key West, Florida.

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