Coast Guard repatriates 21 Cuban migrants

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MIAMI — Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge repatriated 21 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Friday.

These repatriations are a result of two separate law enforcement cases.

On Monday, the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne interdicted 14 Cuban migrants from a rustic vessel south of Marathon, Fla. The migrants were later safely transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Alligator.

On Tuesday, crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Islamorada, Fla., interdicted a rustic vessel in the Florida Straits with seven Cuban migrants attempting to illegally enter the United States. The migrants were later safely transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Alligator.

All 21 migrants aboard the cutter Alligator were later transferred to the cutter Etheridge for repatriation.

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

The Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etherdige is a 154-foot fast response cutter, homeported in Miami.

The Coast Guard Cutter Alligator is an 87-foot cutter homported in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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

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