10 Cubans remain in U.S. custody

September 27, 2005

Miami Herald- Elaine de Valle

The U.S. Coast Guard repatriated more than 100 Cubans to the island nation during the weekend -- but none of the 10 men caught just off Haulover Beach on Friday were among them.

The 10 Cuban men, whose struggle with border authorities was shown on live television, are still aboard a U.S. Coast Guard cutter and being interviewed by immigration officials, said Petty Officer Sandi Bartlett. Those interviews should determine if there is any credible fear of persecution if the men are returned.

Current U.S. policy calls for the repatriation of most Cubans who do not reach U.S. soil unless they can prove they are eligible for political asylum.


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