Cubans "rescued" on the high seas are hardly rescued. They are brought aboard cruise ships only long enough to be transferred onto Coast Guard cutters to be taken back to Cuba.
According to WPTV:
"Some were saying they should be sent back. Other people were sad. Some women were crying because they realized how sad it must be," Almashy said.
Almashy says a photo she snapped of the empty boat will stay with her forever.
"When I looked at that, it was a haunting image of people trying for the American Dream. It was very symbolic of the hopes and the risks."