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43 Cuban migrants caught in Florida Straits, returned home by US Coast Guard

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MIAMI — The Coast Guard has returned more than 40 Cuban migrants caught at sea to their homeland.

Officials say 43 migrants were picked up by one Coast Guard cutter in the Florida Straits in three separate incidents over the weekend. The migrants received food, water, shelter and medical care aboard the U.S. vessel before they were returned Wednesday to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba.

Since its fiscal year began Oct. 1, the Coast Guard estimates that 269 Haitians, 193 Cubans and 50 Dominicans have attempted to illegally reach U.S. shores along the Florida Straits, the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The Coast Guard and other federal agencies and international partners routinely patrol those waters to prevent illegal immigration.

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