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Cubans who landed in Keys settling into life in US

May 3, 2014

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Twenty-three Cubans who fled the island on a raft are settling into life in the U.S. after making it safely to the Florida Keys.

The Cubans left early Sunday, April 27, and arrived 18 hours later in the Marquesas Keys.

Twenty-two of the migrants were adult men, and one was a woman. A fisherman spotted them on land and alerted the Coast Guard.

Cubans who arrive in the U.S. are generally allowed to stay under the “Wet-foot, Dry-foot” policy, while those stopped at sea are usually returned home.

Thirty-five-year-old Leodan Cruz said he and other migrants embraced and shouted “Liberty!” when they made it to shore.

The nonprofit Church World Service organization is helping the migrants process their paperwork and resettle in other parts of the United States.

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