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Posted September 26, 2005 by mattlawrence in Cuba Human Rights

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Authorities on Sunday had not decided the fate of 10 Cubans picked up in a makeshift boat off Miami-Dade County, an incident televised live on Friday.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Sandi Bartlett said the men remained aboard a U.S. Coast Guard cutter and were being interviewed to determine whether they qualify for protection.

Under the U.S. ‘‘wet foot/dry foot’’ policy, Cubans caught at sea are generally returned home, but in a few cases, some have been taken to the U.S. naval base at Guantnamo Bay, Cuba, for possible resettlement in a third country. Those who reach U.S. soil can stay.

Before the men were picked up, the number of Cubans interdicted at sea so far this year stood at 2,114, compared to 1,499 last year.


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