(CNS): Immigration authorities have detained twenty-two Cuban migrants at a government home on Cayman Brac after the group’s makeshift vessel ran aground on the reef in the Point of Sand area of Little Cayman on Tuesday evening, 6 December. Officials said the men and women are awaiting transfer to Grand Cayman after spending yesterday night in the Little Cayman hurricane shelter. The migrants were rescued by a team that included police and customs officers stationed on Little Cayman, as well as the District Officer, personnel from the Department of Environment and local dive resort staff.
The Cubans had been approached while they were conducting repairs in the Little Cayman area on Tuesday morning but said at the time that they were expecting to depart shortly, but later they found themselves running aground on the reef.
After they were taken into immigration custody, officials found that half of the migrants had landed in the Cayman Islands before. In line with the current policy, the immigration department will bring them to Grand Cayman and begin the process of deportation back to Havana.
Category: Local News