US Coast Guard responds to surge of Cuban migrants

January 7, 2015 6:49 AM

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TAMPA - The US Coast Guard has intensified patrols off the Florida coast in response to a surge of Cuban migrants trying to flee the island on makeshift vessels, apparently spurred by rumors that the US immigration policy could soon change, officials said.

A cold snap on Tuesday was slowing the activity at least temporarily, said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Mark Barney, but the rush could resume when the weather improved. In the first five days of 2015, 96 Cuban migrants were intercepted at sea as they tried to cross the 90-mile-wide (145-km-w...

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