Coast Guard Interdicts and Repatriates 17 Migrants to Cuba as Cuba Calls for U.S. to Meet its Migration Commitments

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
4
Abstract: 

                On March 22, 2021, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton’s crew repatriated 17 Cuban migrants to Cuba. They had interdicted them on March 18, approximately 54 miles south of Key West, and were brought aboard due to safety of life at sea issues.[1]  Meanwhile, the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs called for the U.S. to abide by its commitment to the Joint Declaration on migration signed by the two governments on January 12, 2017, to prevent the tragic incidents resulting from irregular migration.[2]



[1]    U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard repatriates 17 migrants to Cuba, Mar. 22, 2021 https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/2c807f0

[2]    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Cuba Calls for the prevention of tragic incidents as a result of irregular migration, Mar. 11, 2021 http://www.minrex.gob.cu/en/cuba-calls-prevention-tragic-incidents-result-irrregular-migration.