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Bahamas says it sent 24 Cuban migrants to Cuba

August 16, 2013

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — The government of the Bahamas says it has deported 24 Cuban migrants to their homeland amid protests by supporters in South Florida.

The Department of Immigration issued a brief statement saying the 24 were “successfully repatriated to Havana” early Friday. No mention was made of calls by Cuban-Americans for the migrants to be allowed to seek refuge elsewhere.

The South Florida-based Democracy Movement says some of the 24 had apparently been offered asylum by Panama. The group said 43 Cubans were detained in the Bahamas under harsh conditions in a migrant detention center and in the main prison of the nation east of Florida.

The islands of the Bahamas have become a transit zone for migrants, mostly from Haiti and Cuba, seeking to reach the U.S.