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Cuba Blames US for Death of Migrants

Cuba has blamed the United States government for the deaths of 31 people whose overcrowded boat, authorities believe, capsized during an apparent human smuggling trip to Florida.

The boat, designed to carry 10 people at most, capsized on August 16. Three survivors were found.

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for the missing Cubans Wednesday.

Cuban officials blamed the Cuban Adjustment Act, a U.S. law granting Cubans almost automatic residency if they make it ashore in the United States. Havana said the law encourages illegal emigration, and called on the United States to eliminate it.

The 31 deaths would make this one of the worst tragedies in years involving Cuban migrants who leave Communist Cuba and brave a perilous sea crossing to Florida.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.