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Cuban Migrants Smuggled Into Park

Biscayne National Park

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On the morning of Monday, January 10th, park resource management employees reported that they’d spotted a group of Cuban migrants on Elliott Key. Rangers Didier Carod and Bradon Falls responded and found 14 men standing on the eastern shore of the key near Sands Cut. The men, all of whom were in good condition, reported that they’d arrived the previous night. Customs and Border Protection officers responded and took them to shore to be processed. Under the Cuban Reclamation Act, these migrants will more than likely be paroled into the country and then become legalized residents, since they made it to land – only those intercepted on the ocean can be repatriated. There was no vessel nearby when the rangers arrived, leading them to believe that the men were smuggled in. The average rate for smuggling a migrant from Cuba has hovered around $10,000 each.



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