The Immigration department sent home five Cuban migrants Thursday, part of a wave of 135 people from Cuba who have landed on Cayman’s shores since the beginning of the year.
The department said 130 migrants from Cuba remain in Cayman awaiting repatriation at the Immigration Detention Center and the community centers in Bodden Town and East End.
Several others have been sentenced to jail terms between 10 days and three months for trying to evade authorities after they landed.
Cuban migrants have been passing through Cayman’s waters in high numbers this year, sailing to Honduras in hopes of traveling north through Mexico to reach the United States.
The uptick in migration from Cuba is from fears that the U.S. “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy could come to an end as relations improve between the two countries. The Cold War-era policy gives Cuban nationals special immigration status in the U.S.