The United States Coast Guard says it repatriated and transferred 169 people to Cuba and the Bahamas from Friday through Tuesday, making it known that the maritime borders to the United States are closed to irregular and illegal migration.
According to the Coast Guard, these repatriations and transfers came from nine separate voyages from Cuba or the Bahamas, resulting in the interdiction of the 169 migrants.
“The Coast Guard and its Homeland Security Task Force – Southeast partners are continuing to be a presence in the air and on the water to detect and deter migrants from attempting to enter the U.S. by sea.,” a Coast Guard release observed.
“Our maritime borders are closed,” said Captain Benjamin Golightly, Operation Vigilant Sentry incident commander.
“It’s imperative for family members and friends to share this with their loved ones in Cuba, Haiti, Bahamas and Dominican Republic. The voyage is dangerous, and you could lose your life,” Golightly stated.
He warned migrants of interdiction and repatriation to their country of origin or point of departure.
In addition, Golightly noted that unlawful entry or attempts to reach the U.S. by sea will result in disqualification for the Cuba and Haiti parole process.