The Coast Guard intercepted the vessel 10 miles south of Key Colony Beach
40 Cubans have tried to reach the United States without authorization by sea in the last years.
Coast Guard / Courtesy
The Coast Guard deported Cuba to nine immigrants from that country who were intercepted last Sunday on a boat in the Florida Keys, in the extreme south of the United States, the institution reported Tuesday.
The immigrants, all men, were detected by the Coast Guard about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Key Colony Beach.
The Coast Guard also detailed that the Cubans were repatriated to Puerto de Cabañas (Cuba) by the crew of the ship Kathleen Moore.
During the current fiscal year, since last October 1, about 40 Cubans have tried to reach US territory without authorization by sea, compared to 327 accounted for in all of fiscal 2019, according to data from the Coast Guard.
These figures represent the total number of interceptions at sea and landings in the Straits of Florida, the Caribbean and the Atlantic.
In January 2017, then-President Barack Obama (2009-2017) canceled the “wet feet / dry feet” policy enacted in 1995 that facilitated the migration of Cubans to the country.
Through this law, Cubans who touched territory were favored with the Cuban Adjustment Law and they could stay in the country and even obtain permanent residence, while the others were deported to the island.
The presidente Donald Trump has maintained this immigration restriction, while the policy of thawing maintained by the Obama administration has been reversed for the most part.
Shortly before the elimination of this benefit, there was a unusual arrival of migrants from the Caribbean country, given that many anticipated the end of “wet feet / dry feet”, a migratory wave that has declined in recent years.
After the cancellation of the policy, the crossing of the so-called “rafters” was noticeably reduced and they became more unusual.