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Press Release | April 13, 2023

Coast Guard repatriates 28 people to Cuba  

Seventh Coast Guard District

Coast Guard Cutter Stone’s crew interdicted this migrant vessel about 38 miles north of Santa Clara, Cuba, April 8, 2023. Coast Guard Cutter Willow's crew repatriated the people to Cuba, April 13, 2023. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Riley Perkofski)

MIAMI — Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo’s crew repatriated 28 people to Cuba, Thursday, following an interdiction off Florida's coast.  

Coast Guard Cutter Stone’s crew notified Coast Guard District Seven watchstanders of a migrant vessel, Saturday, at approximately 4:30 p.m., about 38 miles north of Santa Clara, Cuba.    

 “The Coast Guard is maintaining a heavy maritime presence to detect and interdict anyone attempting to illegally migrate by sea in the Florida Straits and Caribbean region,” said Lt. Peter Hutchison, Coast Guard Seventh District. "These voyages are not only illegal, but also incredibly dangerous. No one should risk their lives on unsafe rustic vessels in unpredictable seas." 

Since Oct. 1, 2022, Coast Guard crews interdicted 6,317 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  

Processes for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans  

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