Miami, USA — The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. repatriated 43 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Wednesday.
These repatriations are a result of three separate interdictions of people attempting to migrate illegally to the United States.
On Saturday, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton interdicted 22 Cuban migrants from two separate interdictions in the Florida Straits. The next day, the Sexton interdicted another 21 Cuban migrants.
“Along with our Department of Homeland Security and international partners, the Coast Guard continues to robustly patrol the Florida Straits and Caribbean sea to prevent migrants from taking the perilous and illegal maritime journey to the United States,” said Capt Mark Gordon, Chief of Response Enforcement for Coast Guard 7th District in Miami. “Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, we will seek to quickly repatriate illegal migrants to their respective countries.”
All of the migrants were safely removed from their makeshift vessels and were transferred to the Charles David Jr. for repatriation.
Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.