SAN JUAN – Thirteen Cuban migrants were detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on an uninhabited islet some 70 kilometers (43 miles) off the coast of western Puerto Rico.
CBP said the migrants were detained Monday after a call from park rangers on Isla de Mona requesting the intervention of federal agents.
The seven men and six women were taken by CBP agents to the Border Patrol’s Ramey Station in Aguadilla.
The 13 Cubans will each receive a summons to appear before an immigration judge for a hearing, in accord with the provisions of the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act.
Under that law, popularly known as “wet foot, dry foot,” Cubans who reach U.S. soil – including Puerto Rico – are allowed to stay, while those intercepted at sea are subject to repatriation.