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Almost 100 Cubans returned home

Published:Sunday | August 7, 2016 | 8:00 AM

MIAMI (AP):

The United States Coast Guard says 97 Cuban migrants intercepted at sea have recently been returned to the island nation.

The Coast Guard reported in a news release yesterday that the migrants were caught in the Florida Straits on seven occasions.

Officials say they were attempting to reach the US, where Cubans who make it ashore are usually allowed to stay permanently. Cubans caught at sea are generally returned home.

The Coast Guard repatriated 67 of the migrants over the past week and the remaining 30 yesterday.

The number of Cubans trying to migrate to the US by boat is up significantly this year.

The Coast Guard says 5,786 Cubans have tried to reach the US by sea since October 1, compared with 4,473 during 2015.