Coast Guard repatriates Cuban, Haitian migrants

By News4Jax.com Staff, webteam@wjxt.com
Published On: Aug 31 2014 10:03:51 AM EDT

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MIAMI -

The U.S. Coast Guard has repatriated 86 migrants it says were illegally migrating from Cuba and Haiti.

The Coast Guard said in a statement Saturday that the repatriations are the result of five separate interdictions of people attempting to illegally migrate to the United States through the Florida Straits. The incidents occurred over more than a week.

On Aug. 21 the Coast Guard Cutter Williams Flores interdicted 24 Haitian migrants north of the Grand Bahamas Island. Sixteen of the migrants were reported to have jumped into the water, but were rescued.

In a span of a week in the south Florida Straits, Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection units located and interdicted 62 Cuban migrants from homemade vessels in three separate incidents.

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