US Coast Guard returns 47 Cuban migrants

MADRID, Spain.- Despite the intensification of the policies of the United States government against irregular immigration, Cubans continue trying to reach the northern country by sea.

This Monday, through the port of Orozco, in Bahía Honda, Artemisa province, 42 Cubans (35 men and seven women) who had left Cuba irregularly were returned to the island. In their attempt to reach the US coast, they were intercepted by the US Coast Guard Service (SGC).

According to official press, “Two of the returnees were transferred to the investigative bodies for being suspected of committing serious criminal acts that were being investigated since before they became involved in these illegal departures.” While two others had probation, for which “they will be made available to the courts for the revocation of said benefit.”

With this group, the number of Cubans returned to the island from the US so far this year rises to 2,659, for a total of 43 deportation operations.

While in the same period 3,908 Cubans have been deported from different countries in the region, in a total of 73 operations.

Last Friday, the US Coast Guard repatriated 74 Cuban migrants who were involved in three illegal departures from the country. That same day, another 23 Cubans deported from the Bahamas arrived at the Havana airport.

This weekend The United States Embassy in Cuba indicated that all people who jump into the sea will be ineligible indefinitely for the humanitarian parole program launched by the Biden administration last January.

The measure – the diplomatic headquarters indicated – is applied retroactively to all those who have tried to reach the United States illegally by sea from April 27 onwards.

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