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Dozens of migrants were repatriated to Cuba on Sunday by U.S. authorities after the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted four separate ships last week.

Each boat was in the water near the Florida Keys, and spectators informed authorities.

“Illegal migration from the Caribbean Sea is more likely to be stopped by Coast Guard personnel,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mark Cobb of the Coast Guard’s Seventh District said in a statement. “No one should risk his life on unsafe barren ships in unexpected seas.”

The first boat was found 12 miles off shore on Wednesday night, the Coast Guard said. For the rest of Friday, a boat was spotted at about 11:45 a.m., 17 miles from Long Key, and around noon, two, one 17 miles off the shores of Big Pine Key, and one 22 miles away.

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The US Coast Guard intercepted a ship carrying Cuban migrants

The US Coast Guard intercepted a ship carrying Cuban migrants
(US Coast Guard)

Authorities described each boat as an “ignorant ship.”

On Sunday, a crew of Coast Guard cutter Charles Sexton returned a total of 45 migrants from those ships to Cuba. The Coast Guard said all migrants sitting on the Coast Guard cutter received “food, water, shelter and basic medical care.”

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Ships used by Cuban migrants were intercepted by the US Coast Guard

Ships used by Cuban migrants were intercepted by the US Coast Guard
(US Coast Guard)

As of October 1, 2021, 2,464 Cuban Coast Guard personnel have been detained, according to the Coast Guard, the highest total ever since the fiscal year 2016 was 5,396.

The US Coast Guard intercepted a ship carrying Cuban migrants

The US Coast Guard intercepted a ship carrying Cuban migrants
(US Coast Guard)

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In comparison, the Coast Guard barred 1,468 Cuban migrants in fiscal year 2017, 259 in fiscal year 2018, 313 in fiscal year 2019, 49 in fiscal year 2020 and 838 in fiscal year 2021.

This is in line with the growing trend of immigrants on the US-Mexico border. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced last week that there were 239,416 encounters with immigrants in May.