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Press Release | March 24, 2023

Coast Guard repatriates 64 people to Cuba


To download Cuban interdiction process video, click this link. 

All Coast Guard Southeast imagery can be found on Dvids, here.  

All Coast Guard migration imagery can be found on Dvids, here

Family members in the United States inquiring about possible family members interdicted at sea, please contact your local federal U.S. representative.  

Para personas que residen en los EE.UU. buscando información sobre un familiar posiblemente interceptado por la Guardia Costera, por favor comuníquese con la oficina de su congresista o representante del Senado, local. 

MIAMI — Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber's crew repatriated 64 people to Cuba, Friday, following interdictions off Florida's coast. 

Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark's crew notified Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders of a migrant vessel, March 12, at 6:30 a.m., about 46 miles south of Marathon.  

Coast Guard Cutter Shrike's crew notified Sector Key West watchstanders of a migrant vessel, Sunday, at 2 a.m., about 5 miles south of Islamorada.  

​A good Samaritan alerted Sector Key West watchstanders of a migrant vessel, Monday, at approximately 8:30 a.m., about 4 miles south of Key West. For more information about this case, please read 

"Coast Guard and partner agency crews are not letting people illegally land in the U.S.," said Capt. Robert Kinsey, Coast Guard District Seven. "15 people needlessly died at sea because they risked the unpredictable Florida Straits in unseaworthy vessels without safety equipment. Use safe and legal means of immigrating to the U.S."

Since Oct. 1, 2022, Coast Guard crews interdicted 5,862 Cubans compared to:  

  • 6,182 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2022 
  • 838 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2021 
  • 49 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2020 
  • 313 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2019 
  • 259 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2018 
  • 1,468 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2017 
  • 5,396 Cuban Migrants in Fiscal Year 2016 

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention. 

For more information about newly announced immigration programs: 

Fact Sheet: Biden/Harris Administration announces new border enforcement actions 

Secretary Mayorkas Delivers Remarks on DHS's Continued Preparation for the End of Title 42 and Announcement of New Border Enforcement Measures and Additional Safe and Orderly Processes 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Processes for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans 

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