63 Cubans Intercepted at Sea are Returned

MIAMI -- The U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday that the Cutter Margaret Norvell had returned 63 Cubans interdicted at sea to the port of Cabanas west of Havana.

The 63 were interdicted in five separate events between Sept. 25 and 29, according to the statement.

A Coast Guard photo that accompanied the announcement showed one of the interdictions, involving crew members from the Cutter Key Biscayne and 21 Cuban migrants stopped on Sept. 27 as they headed to the United States.

All the Cubans intercepted at sea were later gathered in the cutter Margaret Norvell for their repatriation to the island.

Under the U.S. government's "wet-foot, dry-foot policy," undocumented Cuban migrants who set foot on U.S. territory are allowed to stay, while those interdicted at sea are generally returned to the island unless they show a fear of persecution if repatriated.

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