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Legal action underway to allow lighthouse Cubans to stay in U.S.

Group of Cubans atop American Shoal Lighthouse off Sugarloaf Key in standoff with Coast Guard on Friday, May 20, 2016.
Group of Cubans atop American Shoal Lighthouse off Sugarloaf Key in standoff with Coast Guard on Friday, May 20, 2016. WSVN

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.

Read the full story at InCubaToday.

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