Coast Guard repatriates 45 Cuban migrants
Coast Guard prosecuted 4 Cuban migration cases, repatriating 46 migrants
The U.S. Coast Guard has repatriated 46 Cuban migrants after prosecuting four different migration cases.
Coast Guard officials say the group was taken Sunday to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba.
The Seventh Coast Guard District prosecuted the four cases that resulted in a total of 46 interdicted migrants by the crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Knight Island and Sawfish. The migrants were later transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island to be returned to Cuba.
Under U.S. policy, most Cubans who make it to dry land are permitted to remain. Those intercepted at sea are generally returned to Cuba.
A press release says the Coast Guard rescued 1,875 Cuban migrants last year.
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