Is a lighthouse that stands seven miles from the coast U.S. territory?
A group of activists and lawyers is ready to take the matter to federal court for an answer if immigration authorities do not allow a group of 19 Cuban rafters to stay in the country. Two others were plucked out of the water.
“The lighthouse is called ‘American’ Shoal. It is on a platform in waters under the jurisdiction of the United States, with funding provided by the U.S. and, in addition, a historical monument,” said Ramón Saúl Sánchez, president of the Democracy Movement organization. “Their feet got dry there, in American territory. They should be able to stay.”
Sánchez is working with a group of lawyers to take legal action in federal court in coming days if the migrants are repatriated. If the case moves forward, it could set a new precedent in U.S. immigration policy.
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