More Cuban migrants heading to US shores says Coast Guard

first_imgRelated posts:Cubans fear new diplomatic relations with US could change special rights as immigrants Mixed emotions vex ‘Pedro Pan’ generation after Cuba move Quietly, Cuba, US have been on same team against illegal drug trade US firm Sprint signs roaming telecom deal with Cuba MIAMI — The number of people trying to defect to the United States by sea from Cuba continues to rise, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday, despite a detente between the long-time rivals.The coastguard estimates that 4,084 Cubans “attempted to illegally migrate via the sea” already in fiscal year 2015, which has three weeks remaining. This continues increases seen in each of the past several years.Cuban migrants, unlike those from any other nation, are allowed to stay in the United States if they reach land, but they are repatriated if picked up at sea.The coastguard said 116 Cubans caught at sea were repatriated to the island nation this week.Fear that this special treatment will end has triggered an increase in attempted crossings since Washington and Havana announced in December plans to restore diplomatic ties, which they did on July 20.In fiscal year 2014, 3,940 Cubans attempted to reach the U.S. by sea, often on crude rafts or overcrowded boats, up from 2,129 in the same period in 2013 and 1,082 in 2010, according to coastguard figures.The numbers represent “the total amount of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, the Caribbean and Atlantic,” the coastguard said.Cuba is about 90 miles (150 kilometers) across shark-infested waters from the southernmost part of Florida.“The coastguard strongly discourages attempts to illegally enter the country by taking to the sea,” said Captain Mark Gordon, the regional coastguard chief of response enforcement. “These trips are incredibly dangerous.”Read all The Tico Times’ recent Cuba coverage Facebook Commentslast_img read more

After three weeks only three NFL teams remain und

first_img After three weeks, only three NFL teams remain undefeated: the Cincinnati Bengals, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Arizona Cardinals.Steve Keim is particularly excited about that third team.The Cardinals general manager told Doug and Wolf Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, “If you’d told me the third game of the year against San Francisco we would be playing with Drew Stanton and missing a significant amount of players on our team, and all 23 points in our win were scored by rookies, I would’ve probably called that one out. “But it’s nice to have a win and it’s certainly good to see some of the young guys step up and play well.”Keim was impressed by the team’s offensive line in Sunday’s comeback win against the San Francisco 49ers.“We were able to do a nice job in protection,” Keim said. “The only times that they created pressure was when they brought heat, and Drew (Stanton) did a nice job finding the open receiver.”He singled out the play of offensive tackles Jared Veldheer – whom he called “exceptional” in Sunday’s game – and Bobby Massie. “Excellent,” Keim said when asked about Massie’s performance. “He did a great job versus #55, Ahmed Brooks, and I’m really, really impressed with the way Bobby’s continued to play.“Not only with his pass protection, but creating some movement in the run game, his combination blocks to the second level, playing with great balance and strength on his feet.“So Bobby’s done a really job for us, which we really needed him to step up and it looks like he’s taken some ownership in that position.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals GM Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more