28 Cuban rafters rescued by a cruise ship in the Gulf are prosecuted in Mexico

There are 27 adults and one minor and they were at the disposal of the INM staff on the island of Cozumel.

Balseros cubanos en México © INM México
Cuban rafters in Mexico Photo © INM Mexico

The National Migration Institute (INM) of Mexico began the procedures for the immigration status of 28 Cuban rafters, rescued on the high seas by an international cruise ship on April 22.

This group, made up of 18 men, nine women and one teenager, was placed at the disposal of the INM on the island of Cozumel, Quintana Roo.

He statement of the Mexican authorities explains that the migrants were rescued by the cruise ship crew Carnival Paradise, which sailed from Tampa to Roatán, Honduras.

He sighting of the boat they were traveling in occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, at which time the cruise ship modified its route to proceed with the rescue.

Subsequently, the Mexican immigration authorities, in collaboration with International Health of the Ministry of Health, carried out the pertinent medical checks.

The migrants were transferred to Playa del Carmen and then to a provisional INM station in Cancún, where they were provided with accommodation and care while their immigration situation is resolved.

The minor was referred to the municipal System for the Comprehensive Development of the Family (DIF), at the Casa Filtro shelter, where measures will be taken to protect his rights.

The INM reiterated its commitment to carrying out humanitarian work and promoting safe, orderly and regular migration.

The rescue was notified to the Key West Sector of the United States Coast Guard and the Roatán authorities, as established by international procedure.

In 2023, the Mexican government resumed the deportation of irregular Cuban immigrants by air. This group of rafters could be returned to the island.

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