Nearly 30 Cubans land on island near Miami


Published: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 11:47 p.m.

BOCA CHITA — Twenty-seven Cubans made it to shore early Saturday morning, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The group arrived around 6 a.m. on a small island in Key Biscayne National Park. They are in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, the Miami Herald reported for Sunday's edition.

Under the so-called wet-foot-dry-foot policy, Cubans intercepted at sea are generally sent back while those who reach U.S. soil are allowed to stay.

"The Coast Guard, and its Department of Homeland Security partners, reiterate our important message that attempts to illegally enter the U.S. from the sea are inherently dangerous and have resulted in serious injury and death," Howard White, assistant chief of law enforcement for the Seventh Coast Guard District told the Miami Herald.

The Coast Guard declined to comment to the Associated Press Saturday. A telephone call placed to U.S. Customs and Border Protection was not immediately returned Saturday.

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