18 more Cuban migrants arrive over two days

| 30/11/2022 | 15 Comments
Cayman News Service
Cuban migrant boat that arrived at Cayman Brac on 26 November 2022 (photo courtesy of CBC)

(CNS): On Monday and Tuesday an additional 18 migrants arrived in local waters in two separate vessels. All of the men and women are now in the custody of Customs and Border Control as they begin the immigration process. In what is turning out to be one of the busiest years here for Cuban migrants since the 1990s, CBC now has around 350 migrants held at the detention centre, various district civic facilities and in the community.

The first of these latest two groups arrived in East End at about 1:30am Monday. That vessel was carrying ten adults (four women and six men), who all disembarked. Then on Tuesday night at around 9:30pm, a boat with five men and three women arrived in Cayman Brac. They also all came ashore and are now going through the established protocols.

Cayman News Service
Cuban migrant boat that arrived at Cayman Brac on 24 November 2022 (photo courtesy of CBC)

These two vessels followed one carrying seven migrants who arrived in the Brac on two vessels on the 24 and 26 November, as well as a group of eleven who were rescued by a motor tanker at sea over the weekend.

According to the latest information from government released on 11 November about the overall situation, only four Cubans have been repatriated since the borders reopened. Another 14 migrants have either exhausted their asylum application process or withdrawn their applications and are now awaiting repatriation back to Cuba.

Border Control Minister Chris Saunders said the Cayman Islands Government was doing all it can on the ground to speed up the asylum application and appeals process. He said the CIG was in dialogue and cooperating with Cuba and that a meeting with Cuban Government representatives was planned before the end of the year to determine the way forward.

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  1. Real Talk says:

    And what are we doing about the presumed large number of Illegal/Criminal Jamaicans who have been coming to Cayman via drug canoes since the late 70’s till present citing the Cayman Islands has NEVER had any real border protection. After being in the presence of two separate former drug smugglers during a conversation, who said they themselves have brought illegal Jamaicans to Cayman on almost every drug run from the early 80’s to early 2000’s… the boat hits the sand and the illegals jump off and run for cover and this process repeats and repeats until today.

    • Anonymous says:

      10:18 am, Jamaicans have been the biggest problems and still continue to be the biggest problems in these Cayman Islands. Please stop hiring them. Get workers from other nations, like far east countries and eastern Europe, they all would ve glad to come and work here. Main time round up the illegals ones and deport them back home.

    • Anonymous says:

      Make sure you mention this in the next public meeting.

  2. Jason says:

    Put all of them on a plane and send them back to Cuba .

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s literally what happens. God you people are dense, there is a process that is followed to comply with laws both local and international after which they are repatriated to Cuba.

      Spoiler alert, they are not actually trying to get here they end up here by failure of navigation or are brought here after being rescued at see as we are often the closest point of land.

      This is really a non story

      • Anonymous says:

        Why force them back to Cuba when they are trying to go elsewhere? It’s expensive and time consuming. Helping them go on to their destination would be cheaper and quicker.

        • Anonymous says:

          And make us parties to human trafficking, and increase the flow to tens of thousands, and destroy the last vestiges of our marine environment and quickly overwhelm us with a Spanish-speaking majority.

    • Chet Oswald Ebanks says:

      Yes please put them ungratefull people on a plane and send them back.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Whatever your plan is, it’s not working. Why not offer them the opportunity to keep moving?

    • Chet Oswald Ebanks says:

      Government got plenty of money to the tune of $1.284 million was it. To house, feed, cloth, and investigate who they are. All the while vulnerable, elderly, and many Caymanian families, can’t get the help and assistance they so desperately need. Just to survive day to day. What a crying shame, Cayman gone to the dogs all because of greed.

  4. Anonymous says:

    why would anyone leave the land of the best free healthcare and education in the world? right Chris?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Ungrateful Cubans.Stay home and learn English before leaving to go to an English speaking country.

    • Anonymous says:

      10:39 am. if they dont want to come here, why do they apply to Residence here ?. why don’t you support them ?


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