Cruise ship scoops up Cuban refugees

March 20, 2006 at 3:18 PM
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GALVESTON, Texas, March 20 (UPI) -- More than two dozen Cuban refugees were picked up by a cruise ship off the coast of Jamaica, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday.

The 28 Cubans were scooped up from their makeshift raft and transported on a Carnival cruise ship that docked in Galveston, Texas. The refugees were not allowed to disembark.

The U.S. wet-foot, dry-foot law states that Cubans found at sea are to be repatriated, while those reaching dry land are permitted to stay and seek residency.

The ship will reportedly sail for waters off of Florida later this week. There it is scheduled to rendezvous with the Coast Guard, which said it would interview the Cubans to determine whether they would be granted asylum.

The same Carnival cruise ship picked up 22 Cubans headed for the United States near Cancun, Mexico, late last month.

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