Florida Keys

Dozens of Cuban migrants land across Florida Keys

Groups of migrants from Cuba landed in various parts of the Florida Keys on Christmas Day, including in Lower Matecumbe Key, where more than a dozen migrants made it ashore.
Groups of migrants from Cuba landed in various parts of the Florida Keys on Christmas Day, including in Lower Matecumbe Key, where more than a dozen migrants made it ashore.

Groups of migrants from Cuba landed in various parts of the Florida Keys on Christmas Day, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The landings began just past 4 a.m. when 15 migrants, still wet from the voyage from Cuba, were found in a Walgreen’s parking lot on an unspecified Key. They were reported in “good condition,” according to sheriff’s department spokeswoman Becky Herrin.

Three hours later, in Lower Matecumbe Key, over a dozen more migrants made it ashore, most of them in good condition as well. Just a few minutes later, south at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West, an “unknown number of migrants” came ashore.

Finally, just past noon, one migrant — possibly having strayed from one of the other landings — was found at Grassy Key.

Agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection were called in to take custody of the migrants. Cuban migrants who make it to U.S. soil are generally allowed to stay in the country.

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