Published On: Mon, Jan 14th, 2013

US Coast Guard repatriates 46 Cuban migrants

MIAMI, USA – The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Kodiak Island repatriated 46 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Sunday.

The Seventh Coast Guard District prosecuted four different Cuban migration cases that resulted in a total of 46 interdicted migrants by the crews of the Coast Guard cutters Knight Island and Sawfish. The 46 migrants were later transferred to the Coast Guard cutter Kodiak Island for repatriation.

"As the primary federal maritime law enforcement agency, the Coast Guard is tasked with interdicting undocumented migrants attempting to enter the US illegally by sea," said Rear Adm. William Baumgartner, Seventh Coast Guard District commander. "Migrants who travel aboard ill-equipped vessels or smuggled aboard go-fast boats are putting their lives at extreme risk. Our migrant interdiction patrols help save lives by deterring dangerous illegal migrant activity and removing migrants from unsafe environments."

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

As one of the primary missions, the Coast Guard has regular patrols by air and sea to combat illegal migration. In 2012, the Coast Guard rescued 1,875 Cuban migrants.

"Regardless of other governments' travel policy, the Coast Guard will continue to enforce federal laws and regulations prohibiting any person from encouraging illegal entry, or bringing, or attempting to bring, undocumented migrants into the US," said Baumgartner

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