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Press Release | April 2, 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 Isaac Mayo's crew repatriated 64 people to Cuba, Sunday, following interdictions off Florida's coast. 

​A good Samaritan alerted Sector Key West watchstanders of a migrant vessel, Tuesday, at approximately 10 p.m., about 32 miles south of Key West. 

Coast Guard Cutter Stone's crew notified Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders of a migrant vessel, Wednesday, at 12 p.m., about 26 miles south of Key West.  

A Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 aircrew notified Sector Key West watchstanders of a migrant vessel, Wednesday, at 3:30 p.m., about 72 miles south of Key West.  

"Our Homeland Security Task Force - Southeast partners are patrolling our maritime boarders and approaches 24/7 by land, air and sea to save lives and to prevent illegal crossings," said Lt. Cmdr. John Beal, Coast Guard District Seven. "Anyone attempting to enter the U.S. illegally by sea will be rescued and repatriated and those who land will be apprehended and processed for removal."

Since Oct. 1, 2022, Coast Guard crews interdicted 6,202 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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