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CBP apprehends 11 Cuban migrants that land in Mona Island

Release Date: 
April 20, 2016

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended yesterday evening 11 Cuban migrants after landing later that day in Mona Island.  

A view of Mona Island whose inclement weather can be a danger for migrants.

A view of Mona Island whose inclement weather can be a danger for migrants.

The U.S. Coast Guard contacted the Ramey Border Patrol Station, indicating the landing of a group of undocumented immigrants, thought to be Cuban nationals.

“CBP continues to promote safe, legal and orderly migration from Cuba under our Migration Accords and deter dangerous and illegal migration from Cuba,” stated Ramiro Cerrillo, Ramey Sector Chief Patrol Agent.

A  USCG helicopter, with Border Patrol Agents, transported the group of 11 Cubans, 10 males and 1 female, to Aguadilla for screening and processing.

On April 15, a group of 8 Cubans, along with a dog, reached Mona.  During the FY 2016, the Ramey Border Patrol Sector has apprehended 162 Cuban migrants.

The Administration has no plans to change the current immigration policy toward Cuba or seek legislative changes in relation to the Cuban Adjustment Act.

CBP maintains a strong position regarding the enforcement of our immigration laws along the country's borders and coastal areas.

After admissibility processing at the 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017