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Posted June 25, 2005 by mattlawrence in Cuba Human Rights

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June proves busy month for migrants

Posted-Friday, June 24, 2005 7:23 PM EDT  
The Coast Guard cutters Padre and Decisive repatriated 97 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba, on Friday.

The migrants were interdicted in eight separate incidents since June 16 when a group of eight were located by a boater 55 miles south of Key West and a group of seven were rescued from a raft by the cutter Tahoma.

During a 24-hour period June 17-18, there were 73 migrants interdicted in a joint effort by the cutters Matagorda, Decisive, Coast Guard HH-65 rescue helicopters and HU-25 Falcon jets from Air Station Miami, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection air assets from Miami’s Air Marine branch in Homestead.
The cutter Chandeleur also transferred two others to U.S. homeland security officials in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for further processing.

For June, the Coast Guard logged rescues of 233 Cuban migrants attempting to enter the United States illegally, bringing this year’s total to 1,110.

The cutters Matagorda and Padre are 123-foot patrol boats based in Key West. The cutter Tahoma is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter from Portsmouth, N.H. The cutter Decisive is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter from Pascagoula, Miss. And the cutter Chandeleur is a 110-foot patrol boat from Miami Beach.

After changes following 9-11, the Coast Guard is now part of the Department of Homeland Security

  1. Follow up post #1 added on June 26, 2005 by mattlawrence with 69 total posts

    They continue to come for the freedoms most Americans take for granted.

    Matt Lawrence, Author
    Dying to Get Here: A Story of Coming to America

  2. Follow up post #2 added on June 27, 2005 by yumaguy with 176 total posts

    With all due respect Matt, as I’m sure your intentions are noble and well-meaning. . . and I’m also quite sure you haven’t profited a penny from your book, you’ve probably put more time and money into it than you will ever gain back. . .

    but. . .

    I wonder if you think it’ ironic that while you and others are voluntarily trying to save Cubans and bring them in to the U.S., there are “vigilante” border guards, voluntarily trying to keep Mexicans out! But aren’t they “dying” to get here for the same reason, which is PRIMARILY a higher standard of living and SECONDARILY to escape the political BS of their respective countries. . .?

    In any case, I applaud you for your humanitarian work. I don’t see anything wrong with promoting your book here for free grin  I just get a little worried when people don’t realize the big picture. I’ve noticed how these refugees are sometimes used as photo-ops in the Florida press; the propaganda war between the 2 sides is relentless. No one seems to notice, or care, how these poor souls end up being used as pawns by BOTH sides!!

    I do not have the time or space to get into these very complex issues here and explain what I mean. If you have been to the island several times as I have, I think you would understand better just how deep the pathology goes on BOTH sides. It’ a sick, sad, world Matt; and trust me, you don’t even know the half of it!

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