More Cuban Migrants Sent To Detention Center

Wednesday 25th, September 2013 / 10:00 Published by

Thirteen Cuban migrants, 10 men and three women, were apprehended by the U.S. Coast Guard off the Anguilla Cays near Cay Sal Bank on Sunday, Director of Immigration William Pratt confirmed.

They were taken to Freeport around 3:30 p.m. yesterday with plans to have them flown into New Providence where they would be sent to the Carmichael Road Detention Centre, Pratt said.

This latest apprehension comes days after five Cubans were repatriated.

Pratt said the turnaround involved in repatriating Cubans and apprehending more is frustrating.

Earlier this month, 14 Cubans were found in waters off Bimini.

Defence force officers found 13 men and one woman on a 20-foot makeshift vessel 30 nautical miles off Bimini.

Last month, six Cuban men were found in waters off Cay Sal Bank.

The men were briefly detained by the U.S. Coast Guard and were later turned over to Bahamian authorities.

This comes as the government is investigating the alleged abuse of Cuban detainees at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre earlier this year.

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