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Officials Detain 13 Cuban Migrants Found Near Puerto Rico

  • Associated Press

FILE - Cuban migrants huddle together under a blanket, while another sleeps inside a holding cell while the men await processing at the regional U.S. Border Patrol headquarters in Aguadilla, northwestern Puerto Rico, June 13, 2006.

FILE - Cuban migrants huddle together under a blanket, while another sleeps inside a holding cell while the men await processing at the regional U.S. Border Patrol headquarters in Aguadilla, northwestern Puerto Rico, June 13, 2006.

Authorities in Puerto Rico have detained 13 migrants from Cuba who were found on an uninhabited island.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday that the group was found on Mona Island just west of the U.S. territory. The seven men and six women detained Monday are expected to appear before an immigration judge soon.

Cubans are increasingly leaving their island nation amid fears they soon will lose benefits that allow them to pursue citizenship if they reach U.S. soil.

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