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Coast Guard interdicts refugees

Posted on Thursday, 02.10.11

Coast Guard interdicts refugees

The U.S. Coast Guard repatriated 30 Cuban migrants this week, including
five men spotted on a raft on Sunday by the Disney Magic cruise ship.
The men were found about 21 miles southeast of Key West. A small Coast
Guard crew boat picked up the refugees to transport them to a larger
cutter for repatriation. The other Cuban refugees were picked up in
separate incidents in groups of seven, 15, two and one. All the Cubans
were returned to Bahias de Caba?as.

In addition, five Haitian migrants were returned to Haiti.

"The U.S. Coast Guard policy is to deter and respond to dangerous,
disorderly and illegal maritime migration by intercepting vessels that
pursue perilous and illegal voyages,'' said Capt. Steven Banks, Seventh
Coast Guard District chief of enforcement, in a prepared statement. "We
continue to maintain a robust presence of cutters and aircraft
throughout the Caribbean to respond to illegal migration and migrant
smuggling activities."

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, migrants are provided food, water,
shelter and basic medical care.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/02/10/2061152/coast-guard-interdicts-refugees.html

Tags: food, illegal, transport

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