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CBP Air and Marine Operations, Border Patrol Apprehend Migrants Heading to South Florida

Release Date: 
September 16, 2016

MIAMI - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations detected 98 migrants attempting to reach South Florida shores while Border Patrol agents apprehended 56 undocumented Cuban migrants over the past week. On Tuesday, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Marathon station detained 13 Cuban nationals at Long Key State Park.

CBP Air and Marine Operations
CBP Air and Marine Operations

The incidents remain under investigation. After admissibility processing at a Border Patrol station, Cuban nationals will receive a Notice to Appear (NTA) before an Immigration Judge, for further proceedings under the Cuban Migration Agreement of 1995 and the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966.

CBP maintains a strong position regarding the enforcement of our immigration laws along the country's borders and coastal areas. The Administration has no plans to change the current immigration policy toward Cuba or seek legislative changes in relation to the Cuban Adjustment Act.

During Fiscal Year 2015, Border Patrol Miami Sector agents apprehended 1752 undocumented migrants between the ports of entry with 155 cases accepted for prosecution.

United States Border Patrol’s Miami Sector includes over 1,200 miles of the coastal border encompassing the entire Florida peninsula. To prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance and works closely with its law enforcement partners.

Check out this video to learn more about how CBP Air and Marine Operations secures the maritime border.

For local updates on CBP Air and Marine Operations follow @CBPFlorida and @CBPCaribbean on Twitter.

CBP Air and Marine Operations is a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people through advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities. If you have information about maritime smuggling or suspicious activity call1-800-BE-ALERT (1-800-232-5378).

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017