Detention Ends Long Journey For Cubans

After spending a year in the Bahamas, 12 Cuban refugees made it to U.S. soil Saturday and were promptly detained.

The group, including five children, came ashore in a small boat just north of Miami Beach and were found walking along a street about a block from shore.

Police said the group fled Cuba a year ago and lived in the Bahamas before heading for the United States.

The number of Cuban rafters has decreased dramatically since the Clinton administration announced May 2 that Cubans found at sea would be repatriated.

Since the Cubans who came ashore Saturday made it to U.S. soil, they won’t be automatically sent back.

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