Miami-Dade County

Coast Guard repatriates 50 Cuban migrants after interdiction at sea

The Coast Guard repatriated 50 migrants aboard the Coast Guard Cutter William Trump to Cuba after they were stopped while crossing the Florida Straits.

According to the Coast Guard, there were five interdictions involving 50 migrants aboard unseaworthy vessels.

“The Coast Guard strongly discourages attempts to illegally enter the country by taking to the sea,” Capt. Mark Gordon, Coast Guard 7th District chief of response enforcement, said in a prepared statement. “Migrants interdicted at sea will be returned to their country of origin in accordance with U.S. immigration laws.”

This year, 4,462 Cubans who attempted to migrate to the U.S. by sea have been repatriated, according to the Coast Guard.

In September, 64 Cuban migrants in the Florida Straits were repatriated in five interdictions.

In August 65 Cuban migrants were repatriated as a result of six Coast Guard interdictions.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff