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216 Cuban migrants repatriated, but still the illegal immigration attempts continue

216 Cuban migrants repatriated, but still the immigration
attempts continue
Keynoter Publishing January 8, 2016 Updated 2 hours ago

The U.S. Coast Guard says it has repatriated 216 Cuban migrants to Bahia
de Cabanas, Cuba, within the past week.

The repatriations are a result of 18 separate migrant interdictions at
sea in the Florida Straits.

The Coast Guard says it has seen a steady increase in illegal maritime
migration attempts from Cuba since the U.S. announcement of improved
diplomatic relations with Cuba in December 2014. In the first five days
of this year, 176 Cuban migrants have attempted to reach U.S. shores,
the Guard says.

“Immigration policies have not changed and we urge people not to take to
the ocean in unseaworthy vessels,” said Capt. Mark Fedor, Coast Guard
7th District chief of response.

Since Oct. 1, the Coast Guard 7th District estimates that 1,800 Cubans
have attempted to illegally migrate via the sea. The numbers represent
the total number of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in
the Florida Straits, the Caribbean and Atlantic.

Source: 216 Cuban migrants repatriated, but still the illegal
immigration attempts continue | News | KeysNet –

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