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US Repatriates 122 Migrants to Cuba, Haiti

VOA News July 05, 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard has repatriated more than 120 Cuban and Haitian migrants picked up at sea.

The Coast Guard says it intercepted 82 Haitians aboard a sailing vessel northwest of Great Inagua, Bahamas, on Friday and returned them on Monday to Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

It says it also returned 15 Cubans to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba, on Monday, after they were picked up in three separate incidents last week. That followed the return of 25 Cuban migrants on Sunday after a Coast Guard helicopter spotted their boat south of Key West.

The United States follows a so-called "wet foot/dry foot" policy with Cuban migrants. Those intercepted at sea are typically repatriated, while those reaching U.S. soil are usually allowed to remain and eventually apply for U.S. residency.

The policy is for Cuban migrants only. Some human rights advocates argue that the U.S. should afford Haitian migrants the same privilege.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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