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12 Cuban migrants, dog make landfall on Miami Beach near Ritz-Carlton hotel


MIAMI BEACH, Florida — Twelve Cuban migrants and one dog traveling on a small metal boat with a makeshift sail have made landfall on Miami Beach.

Multiple media outlets report that the group landed Tuesday morning near the South Beach Ritz-Carlton hotel. The migrants, 11 men and one girl, say they are from central Cuba, and had been at sea for six days.

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brett Overton says the migrants were sunburned and slightly dehydrated, but otherwise in good health. The group was taken into custody by Border Patrol agents for processing.

The fact that the migrants made it to land will likely mean they will be able to stay under a U.S. policy in which Cubans who reach U.S. soil can stay while those found at sea are generally returned to the island.

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