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23 Cuban migrants arrive in Key West on homemade boat

21 men, 2 women make landfall on Smathers Beach

One of 23 Cuban migrants who arrived in Key West early Thursday morning celebrates after making landfall on Smathers Beach.

KEY WEST, Fla. – Nearly two dozen Cuban migrants landed in Key West early Thursday morning on a homemade boat.

Key West police said 21 men and two women made landfall on Smathers Beach shortly before 1:30 a.m.

According to a Key West police report, the migrants spent four days crossing the Florida Straits.

All 23 migrants were turned over to U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Under the "wet foot, dry foot" policy, Cubans who set foot on U.S. soil are typically allowed to remain in the country, while those intercepted at sea are sent back.


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