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30 Migrants Come Ashore in Sands Key

Group believed to be from Cuba lands safely, being detained by Customs



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    AGUADILLA, PUERTO RICO - APRIL 24: Supervisory U.S. Border Patrol agent Xavier Morales walks the beach as he prepares to look at the remains of a small boat that brought illegal migrants from the Dominican Republic to the beach April 24, 2004 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. A record number of migrants from the Dominican Republic are trying to illegally enter the United States through Puerto Rico. The total number of unlawful migrants attempting to enter Puerto Rico during the 2004 fiscal year is 5,756 as apposed to a total of 3, 477 for all of the 2003 fiscal year. Due to a sagging economy, rising cost of living and high unemployment people are fleeing the Dominican Republic in search of a better life. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    As many as 30 migrants believed to be from Cuba are being detained after they came ashore in Sands Key early Monday.

    Officials with the Customs and Border Protection were giving the migrants health checks at the Black Point Marina at Key Biscayne early Monday afternoon after the group made it to shore.

    Though their country of origin has not been confirmed by Customs, early reports said the migrants had fled Cuba.

    Under the "wet foot, dry foot" policy, the group will likely be allowed to stay in the country to see permanent residency.