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U.S. Coast Guard sends 97 migrants back to Cuba

U.S. Coast Guard sends 97 migrants back to Cuba

The U.S. Coast Guard has repatriated 97 Cuban migrants picked up at sea,
part of a surge in attempts to reach the United States from the
Communist-run island, the service said on Saturday.

The Cubans were sent back to the Caribbean nation since last Sunday and
carried aboard three cutters, the Coast Guard said in a statement. The
Cubans had been picked up in seven interdictions at sea.

"We discourage anyone from taking to the sea and attempting to reach
U.S. soil illegally – they are risking their lives with very little
chance of success," said Captain Mark Gordon, chief of enforcement for
the Coast Guard's 7th District.

The number of Cuban migrants trying to reach the southeastern United
State last month was 834, up from 410 in July 2015, the statement said.

Since Oct. 1, at least 5,786 Cubans have tried to migrate to the United
States by sea, compared with 4,473 in federal fiscal year 2015.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

Source: U.S. Coast Guard sends 97 migrants back to Cuba | Reuters -
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cuba-migrants-idUSKCN10H0PX
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