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Published on Sep 9, 2015
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -
After FOX10 NRight now, Barney said the immigrants are in the custody of USCG District Seven, which handles Cuban repatriation. He expects the migrants will be taken back to Cuba very soon.
"We tried to repatriate them quickly, we don't like to delay the process at all," said Barney.
The number of Haitian migrants trying to reach the United States by crossing the Florida Straits has dropped sharply in 2015, according to Coast Guard figures. During the agency’s 2014 fiscal year, beginning Oct. 1, 2013, 5,585 Haitians landed in the United States, were intercepted, or turned back at sea, said Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss.
President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro move to end more than a half-century of estranged relations. The new wave of rafters stems from word-of-mouth rumors in a nation with virtually no Internet access that the preferential immigration status for Cubans will soon end. The result has been a flood of voyages that has forced the U.S. Coast Guard to step up efforts to intercept the "rafters" and return them to Cuba. As of June 1, guardsmen have picked up 1,864 Cubans at sea this year.
originally posted by: Metallicus
There are several legal means of coming to the US and entering most other countries in the world. Boarding a boat and attempting to violate the borders of a sovereign nation is not one of them.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: JHumm
From what I've read, if they reach shore and aren't in custody they're allowed to file paperwork to stay. That's why when you see video of a raft coming in they meet them in the water.
I don't know how right that is, but I've read it in several places.
The wet feet/dry feet policy. It was done with Cuba so I'm not sure how it applies to others. If they're caught at sea they are returned to Cuba or a third party. If they reach US soil they're allowed to stay and get their citizenship after a year.