Cubans' return now up to Castro

March 1, 2006

Miami Herald- Jay Weaver

A Miami federal judge on Tuesday ordered the U.S. government to make arrangements for 15 repatriated Cubans to be brought back to the United States after the judge ruled they landed on U.S. soil when they reached an abandoned bridge in the Florida Keys.

U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno found that the Cubans 'were removed to Cuba illegally' in January after the U.S. Coast Guard wrongly concluded the old Seven Mile Bridge was not connected to the United States. Moreno's decision marks the first time the government has been ordered to allow Cubans into the United States after they've been repatriated to Cuba under the 'wet-foot, dry-foot' policy.


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