Saturday, December 31, 2005

87 Cubans reach Florida beaches

Dec. 31, 2005, 12:15AM
87 Cubans reach Florida beaches

Associated Press
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. - Dozens of Cuban migrants, including at least nine children, came ashore Friday throughout Southern Florida and Dry Tortugas, officials said.
A total of 87 Cubans reached Florida, said Steve McDonald, spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol. Two groups totaling 37 people came ashore in Marathon, 28 came to Miami Beach, three reached Key Biscayne and 19 made it to the Dry Tortugas at the tip of the Florida Keys.
"For the most part they looked fine, just a little dehydrated or cold," said Arley Flaherty, a Miami Beach police spokeswoman. "Nobody had identification with them. They had relatives' phone numbers."
The migrants were taken to immigration offices, where their cases will be processed, Flaherty said.
Under the so-called "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy, Cubans who reach U.S. soil are usually allowed to stay, while most picked up at sea are sent home.

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