File photo shows 24 Cuban migrants in the waters south of Key West, Florida.
Two men, a Cuban and an Iraqi, were arrested Monday as they were attempting to land illegally on the northwest coast of Puerto Rico, El Nuevo Dia is reporting.
The police said they were arrested around 7 a.m. after the vessel they were traveling on capsized off the coast of Isabela.
The two men were handed over to the US Border Patrol and appeared to be in good health.
Under the so-called federal “wet foot, dry foot policy,” Cubans who U.S. soil are generally allowed to stay, while those intercepted at sea are usually repatriated to Cuba.
According to the U. S. Coast Guard, fears about the policy may end up has led to an increase in the numbers of Cuban migrants.
The coast guard says 1,178 Cubans are intercepted at sea since Oct. 1.
With reporting by the Associated Press.