11 Cuban migrants detained on tiny island near Puerto Rico


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Authorities in Puerto Rico have detained 11 Cuban migrants on a tiny island west of the U.S. territory.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that the 10 men and one woman were found on Mona Island. The group is expected to appear before an immigration judge soon.

Cubans are increasingly leaving their island nation amid fears they could soon lose a special status that allows them to pursue citizenship if they reach U.S. soil.

Federal agents have detained 143 Cuban migrants in the region so far this fiscal year.

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