Miami-Dade County

Coast Guard: 65 Cuban migrants repatriated after interdiction at sea

In four days, the Coast Guard repatriated 65 Cuban migrants to Bahía de Cabañas, Cuba, after several interdictions at sea in the southern Florida Straits, according to the Coast Guard.

On Tuesday, seven migrants, from two interdictions, were brought back to Cuba by the Coast Guard Cutter William Trump.

Fifty-eight Cuban migrants — from four interdictions — were repatriated Saturday by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans.

Both cutters, according to the Coast Guard, patrol the Florida Straits “to detect and deter illegal and unsafe maritime migration.”

“The Coast Guard continues to strongly discourage attempts to illegally enter the country by taking to the sea,” said Capt. Mark Fedor, Coast Guard 7th District Chief of Enforcement in a news release. “These trips are extremely dangerous and could lead to loss of life. Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, we will seek to quickly repatriate illegal migrants to their respective countries.”

Since Oct. 1, the Coast Guard 7th District estimates that 3,611 Cubans have attempted to illegally migrate to the United States.