Coast Guard repatriates 55 Cuban migrants, 37 Haitian migrants

7th Coast Guard District NewsMIAMI — The Coast Guard repatriated 55 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, and 37 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, Thursday.

The 55 Cuban migrants were interdicted at sea during five separate cases since Saturday; the 37 Haitian migrants were interdicted at sea Monday.

The crew of the 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island, homeported in Key West, Fla., repatriated the 55 Cuban migrants. The crew of the 210-foot Coast Guard Cutter Dependable, homeported in Cape May, N.J., repatriated the 37 Haitian migrants.

“The Coast Guard strongly advises against taking to sea in an attempt to illegally enter the United States,” said Capt. Brendan McPherson, 7th Coast Guard District chief of enforcement. “Taking to sea in an unseaworthy vessel with little or no safety gear needlessly places human lives at risk. The Coast Guard will continue to rescue migrants from their peril at sea and will always do so in a professional manner that preserves the dignity of all people.”

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

For information about 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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