Eleven more Cuban migrants land in Cayman

| 27/08/2016 | 6 Comments
Cayman News Service

Cuban migrants reach Cayman Brac, 24 August 2016

(CNS): As the number of Cubans trying to make it to the United States shows no sign of relenting, another eleven migrants have landed in Cayman over the last ten days and are currently being held by immigration. Officials said that two Cubans arrived on 17 August in Grand Cayman, though they did not give details of how they arrived, and a makeshift vessel carrying 33 migrants arrived in Cayman Brac on Wednesday 24 August. Nine people opted not to continue the journey and are still on the Brac waiting to transfer to Grand Cayman.

As new migrants arrive, the government is deporting previous arrivals. Over the last week, three flights have been made to Havana repatriating 16 Cubans.

Currently, there are 73 Cubans who gave up on their effort to try to reach Central America by sea to begin the overland journey to the US who are now awaiting processing. Officials said most are being held at the Immigration Detention Centre in Fairbanks but some are still being held in other approved facilities.

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  1. Junior says:

    They are actually held by prison staff at IDC who work above and beyond their required working hours to get through this expensive mess,

  2. Sharkey says:

    I wonder why the Government don’t be a little more humane to these Cuban refugees, by putting them on the next flight back to their country , and make them see that Cayman Islands is not the route for them to venture their life to get to . Stop wasting taxpayers money , if you are not going to help them better their lives, which that’s why they are running from Cuba .

    • Beaumont says:

      I don’t know if this is a fact, but what I’ve been told is that the repatriation of Cubans has to be negotiated with Cuba; the government can’t just “send” them back. Thus, we have to bear the cost of housing and guarding until Cuba is good and ready to receive them.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Send 6 back receive 12 more! smh

  4. Jim says:

    I’m curious to know just how much support is the Immigration Department getting from their government? I mean we are always hearing of Police hiring more officers and salary increases.

    • Anonymous says:

      police budget run the country. all other government department have a hiring freeze of sorts but not police. then the police chief said he needed 50 more officers but then traded them in for a salary raise for them.

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