6 Cubans Step Ashore on Miami Beach, Amid uptick in Arrivals

Cubans Land in Miami
Posted at 2:58 PM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 11:06:13-04

MIAMI, FL. (AP) - Six Cuban migrants are acclimating to their first full day on American soil after their boat washed ashore on the southern tip of Miami's popular South Beach.

The six men came ashore Monday after 11 days at sea. They were still being processed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Miami.

One man told The Associated Press he celebrated his arrival by pouring sand over himself. Then, he borrowed a beachgoer's cellphone to send word home.

Cubans are allowed to stay if they reach U.S. land. They routinely come ashore in South Florida, and there has been an uptick in arrivals over the past year. A renewed U.S.-Cuban relationship has raised concerns among some on the communist-ruled island that the U.S. could erase the policy favoring Cubans.