A total of 51 Cuban migrants arrived in the Florida Keys on Thursday.
The first to arrive were 13 adult men, who landed on Gopher Key just off Spanish Main Drive on Cudjoe Key, said U.S. Border Patrol Agent Kerry Heck. The migrants arrived in an aluminum boat and waded ashore on Cudjoe Key, said Heck.
All were reported in good health.
Also on Thursday, a group of 38 Cubans made landfall in the Dry Tortugas.
The 21 adult men, 12 adult women, one young girl and four young boys, arrived on shore safely, Heck said. An investigation is underway to determine how they got from Cuba to the Dry Tortugas, she added.
Under the federal government’s wet foot-dry foot policy, Cubans intercepted at sea are repatriated unless, like other refugees, they can convince an immigration judge of a credible fear of persecution in their homeland. Cubans who reach U.S. soil are allowed to remain in the country without going before an immigration judge