6 Cuban migrants land in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, receive Donald Trump cap
4 men, 2 women spent 9 days at sea
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A group of Cuban migrants landed in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea at about 7:30 p.m. Monday in a boat with "Barack Obama 3 men 2" written on the side, along with "Miami 305," and "Cuba."
WPLG reports the four men and two women landed in a beach area near Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.
One of the women is six months pregnant, authorities said.
"They came on shore kissing the ground," Aiden Salazar, a witness, said. "(They were) just thankful to be here."
Salazar is visiting from North Carolina and said he was in awe of the journey the group made and the risks they took.
One of the first people to see the Cubans arrive gave them a white Donald Trump cap that said "Make America great again."
The migrants were at sea for nine days before arriving.
Their boat didn't have much room or supplies on it when they arrived. They were given towels and food by locals.
"Other people brought them hamburgers and they said they didn't know what (it) was," Sabina Wallace said. "It's kind of strange but awesome."
The Coast Guard got a call about the migrants prior to their landing and launched a helicopter from Miami and a response boat to capture them. But the group reached land before authorities arrived.
Since the migrants made it to shore, they are able to stay in the United States under the "wet foot, dry foot" policy.
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