Pembroke Pines, Fla. - Yesterday Border Patrol agents assigned to the U.S. Border Patrol's Miami Sector apprehended 19 Cuban nationals on Boot Key near Marathon, Fla.
The group of 19 Cuban nationals consisted of 10 adult males, 8 adult females, and one minor accompanied by a parent. All appeared to be in good health and uninjured. None required medical treatment.
Agents took custody of the migrants and transported them to the Marathon Station for processing. The 19 migrants were confirmed as citizens of Cuba and released in accordance with the Cuban Readjustment Act.
The subjects claimed to have traveled to the United States in a rustic vessel; however, none was found in the area where the migrants were discovered.
Assistance was provided by local law enforcement partners from Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.