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Posted March 16, 2005 by mattlawrence in Cuba Human Rights

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Cuban refugees land in Keys from Dry Tortugas to Duck Key

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In five waves over the past two days, 89 Cuban refugees landed in the Keys or outlying islands, according to a U.S. Border Patrol official.

At Loggerhead Key in the Dry Tortugas, 31 refugees landed Monday, followed by eight more Tuesday, according to Alex Rodriguez, Border Patrol Acting Supervisor for the Keys.

Also Monday, 18 landed in the Marquesas islands west of Key West, and 11 arrived near the White Street Pier in Key West with 21 landing on Duck Key at Mile Marker 62 Tuesday, he said.

Suspected smugglers of the 31 refugees who had been dropped off in the remote Dry Tortugas were intercepted and were being questioned, said Rodriguez. The 21 who landed on Duck Key and the 18 in the Marquesas were also believed to have been smuggled.

The 11 adult males who came ashore near White Street Pier on Monday arrived in a 20-foot wooden vessel with a single outboard engine, said Rodriguez. Along with the eight who landed in the Dry Tortugas, they showed signs of exposure, but all were reported healthy, he added.

Under the federal government’s wet foot-dry foot policy, Cubans who reach U.S. soil are allowed to remain in the country, while Cubans intercepted at sea must seek political asylum ó convincing immigration officials that they have a credible fear of persecution in their homeland ó in order to be admitted to the United States.
CITIZEN STAFF


In five waves over the past two days, 89 Cuban refugees landed in the Keys or outlying islands, according to a U.S. Border Patrol official.

At Loggerhead Key in the Dry Tortugas, 31 refugees landed Monday, followed by eight more Tuesday, according to Alex Rodriguez, Border Patrol Acting Supervisor for the Keys.

Also Monday, 18 landed in the Marquesas islands west of Key West, and 11 arrived near the White Street Pier in Key West with 21 landing on Duck Key at Mile Marker 62 Tuesday, he said.

Suspected smugglers of the 31 refugees who had been dropped off in the remote Dry Tortugas were intercepted and were being questioned, said Rodriguez. The 21 who landed on Duck Key and the 18 in the Marquesas were also believed to have been smuggled.

The 11 adult males who came ashore near White Street Pier on Monday arrived in a 20-foot wooden vessel with a single outboard engine, said Rodriguez. Along with the eight who landed in the Dry Tortugas, they showed signs of exposure, but all were reported healthy, he added.

Under the federal government’s wet foot-dry foot policy, Cubans who reach U.S. soil are allowed to remain in the country, while Cubans intercepted at sea must seek political asylum ó convincing immigration officials that they have a credible fear of persecution in their homeland ó in order to be admitted to the United States.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on March 16, 2005 by mattlawrence with 69 total posts

    They continue to come for what most Americans take for granted.

    Matt Lawrence, Author
    Dying to Get Here: A Story of Coming To America
    [url=http://www.mattlawrencebooks.com]http://www.mattlawrencebooks.com[/url]


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