The Coast Guard Stops 38 Cuban Migrants Short Of Florida Keys
People are still willing to sacrifice life and limb to make it into America. Look no further than the 38 Cubam migrants stopped just short of the Florida Keys this week by the U.S. Coast Guard. These people attempted to cross the 90 mile straight between Florida and Cuba in search of a better life for them and their families. Unfortunately for them, they were spotted before they reached the shore.
MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard has repatriated 38 Cuban migrants who were stopped south of the Florida Keys trying to make it to U.S. shores.
Coast Guard officials said Thursday the first group of 20 Cubans were spotted in a boat south of Marathon on June 7. The second boatload of 18 Cubans was spotted by a Customs and Border Protection aircraft the same day southwest of Key West.
Both groups of Cubans were taken aboard Coast Guard cutters. The cutter Ocracoke took them to Cuba on Wednesday.
Under the U.S. “wet foot, dry foot” policy, most Cubans who make it to American shores are permitted to stay, while most of those caught at sea are returned home.