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Nine Cuban Rafters Arrive at Jupiter Island, on Florida’s East Coast

Coast Guard repatriates 45 Cubans intercepted in the Caribbean Sea

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A group of nine Cuban migrants in a small wooden boat arrived Saturday on the beaches of Jupiter Island, a town located in Martin County, Florida, local authorities reported.

Border Patrol agent Walter N. Slosa detailed through social networks that the nine Cuban migrants were detained and that the investigation is still ongoing.

The official said that the operation was carried out in conjunction with the Air Maritime Operations Division (AMO) of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The arrest of the nine Cubans follows the arrest of another group of about 20 Cuban migrants last Tuesday in Key Biscayne (Vizcaino Key), an island linked to Miami by bridges.

More than 140,000 Cuban migrants have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since October, while the Coast Guard has intercepted more than 3,000 people from that country who risk their lives in the Florida Straits.

According to statistics, the exodus of Cubans to the United States by sea increased after the protests against the dictatorship on July 11, 2021.

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