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The Flow of Cuban migrants peaks after Fidel’s death: 136 returned in 4 days

Last weekend, three separate groups of in total 51 people landed successfully in the Florida Keys.

(EFE)

In the last four days, 136 Cubans trying to reach the country illegally were intercepted in the Straits of Florida, the coast guard, said in a statement.

The migrants received food, water and medical care before being repatriated to Cabañas Bay.

They were intercepted in 8 different operations, the agency said.

The Coast Guard has indicated that so far in December 541 Cubans have tried to enter the United States by the sea.

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.

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According to the AMERICAN officials, fears about the policy may end up has led to an increase in the numbers of Cuban migrants.

Many of them have the country and are able to stay. Last weekend, three separate groups of in total 51 people landed successfully in the Florida Keys.

The first group of 11 migrants landed in the upper Keys in Tavernier. The second group of 22 migrants landed just north of Key West. The last group of 18 landed about 25 miles away on Big Pine Key. It was not immediately known if the groups were interconnected.

According to the coast guard data, in fiscal year 2016, the number of Cubans intercepted was 7,411, compared to 4,473 the year before.

Based on reporting by EFE and the AP.

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