Aguadilla, P.R. – This afternoon, park rangers in Mona Island found five alien males, claiming to be Cuban citizens, after entering illegally into U.S. territory.
Upon arrival of the aliens, park rangers contacted the Ramey Border Patrol station for assistance and immigration processing.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter from the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch is transferring the Border Patrol agents to conduct the appropriate immigration interviews.
The CBP helicopter will transport the five aliens from Mona Island to the Ramey Border Patrol station for further processing.
After processing at the Border Patrol station, the Cuban adults will receive a Notice to Appear before an immigration judge for further proceedings under the Cuban Migration Agreement of 1995 and the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966.
About the Wet Foot, Dry Foot Policy:
The wet foot, dry foot policy is the name given to a consequence of the 1995 revision of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966. After talks with the Cuban government, the Clinton administration came to an agreement with Cuba that it would stop admitting people found at sea. Since then, in what has become known as the "wet foot, dry foot" policy, a Cuban caught on the waters between the two nations (i.e., with "wet feet") would be sent to the place of embarkation. One who makes it to shore ("dry feet") might remain in the U.S.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.