Five boats carrying Cuban migrants have passed through Cayman waters this week, according to the Immigration Department, including seven men who landed in East End Friday morning.
The seven men, met by local authorities, left the island around noon to continue to sail towards Central America, the department said in a press release Friday.
The Immigration Department says 71 migrants from Cuba have passed through Cayman’s waters over the past week. Migrants leaving Cuba will pass by the Cayman Islands when they sail southwest, likely to land in Central America and take the land route through Mexico to reach the United States.
Immigration officials say 26 Cubans decided to stop their journey in Cayman. Cuban migrants who disembark are detained by the Immigration Department until they can be repatriated.
The department said Friday that there are currently 84 detainees in Immigration custody.