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In accordance with the provisions of the migratory agreements between the Republic of Cuba and the United States, the Coast Guard returned to Cuban authorities last Tuesday, through the Port of Orozco, in Mariel, Artemisa, a total of 82 people who had participated in eight illegal departures from the country between the end of May and June 3 by sea, most of them in rustic means.
These people endangered their lives by going to sea in rustic means that do not have the most elementary conditions of navigation or maritime safety; in some cases with about 31 or 23 individuals on board a single device, without means of rescue or warning in case of emergency, and some had even participated in the theft of a Lista Quinta boat, linked to the Sport Fishing Base of Santa Cruz del Norte, in Mayabeque.
"U.S. Coast Guard returns #U.S. Coast Guard. 82 illegal migrants."
The Cuban government has insisted on the need for strict compliance with the Cuba-U.S. Joint Declaration on migration issues, dated January 12, 2017, which initialed the bilateral commitment to prevent irregular migration and to prevent risky departures from Cuba that endanger human life, to fight against acts of violence related to such migration, to discourage illicit acts linked to irregular migration resolutely and to promote effective bilateral cooperation to prevent and prosecute human trafficking and associated crimes.
In correspondence with the letter of that agreement, Cuba has reiterated and defended regular, safe, and orderly migration and that the U.S. side complies with the commitment to guarantee legal migration from Cuba with a minimum of 20 thousand people per year.