Saturday, December 31, 2005

Dozens of Cubans come ashore throughout Southern Florida

Dozens of Cubans come ashore throughout Southern Florida
The Associated Press
December 30, 2005, 5:00 PM EST

MIAMI BEACH -- Dozens of Cuban refugees, including at least nine children,
came ashore Friday throughout Southern Florida, officials said.

Authorities reported at least five groups of Cubans landed at different
points along the coast. In Miami Beach 28 people came ashore, said Miami
Beach police officer Arley Flaherty.

The refugees were taken to immigration offices where their cases will be
processed, Flaherty said.

The group that landed at Miami Beach said they left Cuba Wednesday night and
that a good Samaritan picked them up at sea after their makeshift boat ran
into trouble, 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.
Copyright 2005, South Florida Sun-Sentinel,0,4845298.story?coll=sfla-news-cuba

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