U.S. Coast Guard repatriates 63 Cubans

Crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne arrive on scene to interdict 21 Cuban immigrants on Sept. 27, 2013.
Crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne arrive on scene to interdict 21 Cuban immigrants on Sept. 27, 2013.

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday that the Cutter Margaret Norvell had returned 63 Cubans interdicted at sea to the port of Cabañas west of Havana.

The 63 were interdicted in five separate events between the 25th and 29th of September, according to the statement.

A Coast Guard photo that accompanied the announcement showed one of the interdictions, involving crewmembers from the Cutter Key Biscayne and 21 Cuban migrants stopped on Sept. 27 as they headed to the United States.

All the Cubans intercepted at sea were later gathered in the cutter Margaret Norvell for their repatriation to the island.

Under the U.S. government’s “wet-foot, dry-foot policy,” undocumented Cuban migrants who set foot on U.S. territory are allowed to stay, while those interdicted at sea are generally returned to the island unless they show a fear of persecution if repatriated.

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