A U.S. judge has ruled that the government was wrong when it repatriated 15 Cubans who arrived at an abandoned bridge in January.
U.S. District Court Judge Federico Moreno ruled the broken bridge near Miami should have been considered U.S. soil.
Authorities had decided in January the bridge was not connected to the United States, and returned the immigrants to Cuba.
Washington has adopted a "wet foot, dry foot" policy for illegal Cuban immigrants. Under the policy, those that reach U.S. soil are allowed to stay, while those picked up at sea are repatriated.
Judge Moreno ordered U.S. authorities to make their best efforts to help the repatriated Cubans return to the United States.Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.