Despite all the “change” and “reform” supposedly going on in socialist Cuba, Cubans continue to throw themselves into the sea to escape the communist Castro dictatorship.
The Coast Guard captured nine Cuban migrants about 25 miles southeast of Tavernier Creek on Thursday.
Eight of them were repatriated to Cuba on Saturday. One was turned over to Customs and Border Protection after being brought on shore for more advanced medical care, according to the Coast Guard’s 7th District Southeast.
According to the Coast Guard, Sector Key West watchstanders got a notification alerting them to a migrant vessel carrying nine people in waters in the Florida Keys.
A Coast Guard Station Islamorada 45-foot response boat and crew diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton crew to interdict the migrant’s boat.
About 52 Cuban migrants have tried to illegally enter the U.S. by sea since Oct. 1, 2019.
There is no doubt these Cubans knew they would be returned if they were caught by U.S. authorities, yet they preferred to risk their lives in the shark-infested waters of the Florida Straits for a slither of a chance to be free than continue living under the brutal oppression of the Castro dictatorship.