US Coast Guard repatriates 36 Cuban migrants
MIAMI, USA -- The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans repatriated 36 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Friday.
This repatriation is a result of four separate migrant interdictions at sea in a span of a week, beginning August 1. The Cuban migrants were trying to illegally enter the United States on unseaworthy vessels commonly referred to as "rustics" or "chugs."
The Raymond Evans, along with numerous other Coast Guard patrol boats and aircraft, aggressively patrols the Florida Straits to detect and deter illegal and unsafe maritime migration.
"Along with our Department of Homeland Security and international partners, the Coast Guard continues to robustly patrol the Florida Straits and Caribbean sea to prevent migrants from taking the perilous and illegal maritime journey to the United States. Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, we will seek to quickly repatriate illegal migrants to their respective countries," said Capt Mark Gordon, Chief of Response Enforcement for the Coast Guard 7th District.
Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter all migrants receive food, water, shelter, and basic medical attention.