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Press Release | April 4, 2023

Coast Guard repatriates 47 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 Margaret Norvell’s crew repatriated 47 people to Cuba, Tuesday, following two interdictions off Florida's coast. 

Coast Guard Cutter Valent’s crew notified Coast Guard District Seven watchstanders of a 28-foot vessel, Wednesday, at approximately 10 p.m., about 11 miles south of Cay Sal, Bahamas.   

Coast Guard Cutter Cambell’s crew notified Sector Key West watchstanders of a migrant vessel, Wednesday, at approximately 11:30 p.m., about 15 miles north of Cayo Cruz Del Padre, Cuba.   

 "These voyages are not only illegal, but also incredibly dangerous," said Lt. Conner Ives, Coast Guard District Seven. "No one should risk their lives on unsafe rustic vessels in unpredictable seas." 

Since Oct. 1, 2022, Coast Guard crews interdicted 6,250 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 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 

Processes for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans 

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