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More Seven Mile Bridge Reactions
Friday, January 13, 2006   By: Juan Paxety

Rep. Menendez from New Jersey

There's more reaction from the House of Representatives on the return of 15 Cubans to Cuba this past weekend. They had made it all the way to the US, but made the mistake of landing at the old Seven Mile Bridge instead of the new bridge to the keys, so the Coast Guard decided they had not reached land. That's called the Wet Foot/Dry Foot policy.

From Net For Cuba

For Immediate Release January 11, 2006

Contact: Desiree Ramos, 201-988-5568

Menendez Statement on Bush Administration Repatriation of Cuban Refugees

Jersey City, NJ - U.S. Representative Robert Menendez made the following statement today on the Bush administration's decision to repatriate 15 Cuban refugees who landed in the Florida Keys last week: "The decision by the Bush administration to return 15 refugees to Cuba shows a shocking disregard for their safety and well-being as well as a disturbing willingness to jeopardize Cuban lives by wrongly interpreting a technicality of law. These 15 refugees, including a 2-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, have now been returned to Castro's Cuba, where they will face political repression and possible jail time, even though they landed on U.S. soil, because the administration has decided that they do not qualify under the wet-foot, dry-foot policy. That decision is dead wrong, and it is also dangerous. With this decision, the Bush administration shows once again that it lacks the understanding that these people are fleeing from persecution to freedom."


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