Photo: Cuban Immigrants in Puerto Rico
Eight undocumented Cuban migrants were rescued by federal authorities as they disembarked on the western coast of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in San Juan announced Thursday.
The group was located on Wednesday by CBP and Coast Guard personnel as they arrived on board a boat at Mona Island, which lies between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
The Coast Guard transported the Cubans to the Rafael Hernandez international airport in Aguadilla, where CBP agents took custody of them.
Because the Cubans set foot on U.S. soil, they can remain in the United States under the terms of Washington’s wet foot, dry foot policy.
The disembarking of immigrants on Mona Island and nearby Monito islet is very dangerous due to the frequent and sudden changes in maritime conditions in the area and the inhospitality of the ecosystem there, the CBP warned.