Cuban migrants reunite with loved ones after coming ashore in Key Largo
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DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) - Several of the 21 Cuban migrants who, officials
said, reached the shores of Key Largo, early Sunday, reunited with loved
ones when they arrived in Doral.
7News cameras captured the emotional reunion between the migrants, who
were seeking freedom in South Florida, and relieved relatives at Church
World Services, Sunday afternoon.
The new arrivals said they were part of a larger group of 46 migrants
that came ashore in the Florida Keys, Dec. 18. However, they were caught
and repatriated back to Cuba.
Undeterred, they tried again. After floating for more than two days at
sea, they landed on Key Largo, just in time to see New Year's fireworks
light up the night sky.
"We were reaching Key Largo. We saw the fireworks," said one of the
migrants, speaking through a translator. "That was a great welcome."
A younger migrant, also speaking in Spanish, told 7News the emotions he
felt are difficult to put into words. "It was the best thing in the
world," he said. "Once we landed ashore, I said, 'Wow. I made it.'"
The 17 men and four women were taken into custody before turned over to
Church World Service. Family members threw a party Sunday afternoon,
welcoming both the new year and new arrivals.
The group will be allowed to stay in the U.S. under the "wet foot, dry
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