Coast Guard repatriates 95 Cuban migrants

7th Coast Guard District NewsMIAMI — The Coast Guard interdicted 96 Cuban migrants at sea during 10 separate incidents since Aug. 12, 95 of whom were repatriated over the past five days to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba.

One Cuban migrant was transferred to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for further processing.

“With hurricane Irene approaching, the Coast Guard remains focused on the safety of life at sea while simultaneously preparing for the effects of the storm,” said Capt. Brendan McPherson, 7th Coast Guard District chief of enforcement. “The Coast Guard strongly urges people not to take to the sea in order to illegally enter the United States.”

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.

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

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