64 Cubans repatriated on Sunday
Sixty-four Cuban migrants were interdicted at sea in four different
incidents last week and repatriated Sunday by a Coast Guard cutter.
In two incidents, suspected smugglers were turned over to U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Key West. One of 22 Cuban
migrants was be taken to Guántanamo Bay, Cuba.
In another incident, 10 Cuban migrants were found aboard a rustic vessel
about 40 miles south of Islamorada.
The Coast Guard also received a report that a good Samaritan located a
vessel with four Cuban migrants aboard approximately 15 miles south of
Big Pine Key on July 21.
''Today's repatriations should send a clear message to smugglers and
those who hire them,'' said Lt. J.G. Eric Pare, a Coast Guard Seventh
District law enforcement duty officer.
Once aboard Coast Guard cutters, migrants receive food, water and
-- LUISA YANEZ