TV Marti: Attorney Luis Fernandez explains the situation of Cuban rafters in Faro ‘American Shoal’
Attorney Kendall Coffee, representing the defense team composed of a large group of lawyers specializing in immigration issues, asked the judge to postpone the legal view. Miami-Dade federal judge, Darryl Gailes, postponed until the Thursday June 2nd hearing to decide whether the 19 Cuban rafters who climbed a lighthouse near the coast of Florida will or will not be deported to Cuba.
Although the prosecutor Dexter Lee had no objections, he warned that the group is on board a Coast Guard cutters since last Friday and could not stay beyond on the boat later than Wednesday.
The judge instructed that any decision taken by the Coast Guard must be communicated to the defense team prior to acting on any decision.
Ramon Saul Sanchez, president of the group Movimiento Democracia, filed the motion to establish whether the 19 Cubans may come to the United States under the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966. Saul Sanchez is confident with the results of the hearing on Thursday.
According to the policy “wet foot /dry foot” Cubans within US territory can stay in the country, but those who are intercepted at sea before reaching the coast are deported to back to Cuba.