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Rep. Ted Yoho: I stopped a bunch of Cubans from entering the U.S.



Rep. Ted Yoho went fishing in the Keys and caught some Cubans.

The Gainesville Republican recently told constituents that he was fishing with his son when they spotted a boat carrying 20 Cuban refugees. "They wanted liberty and freedom. What am I supposed to do? (Say) come on in, the water's great?"

He called the Coast Guard and tried to slow down the Cubans. "The Coast Guard showed up and they deported those people back to Cuba," Yoho said to applause.

"They were not happy. They were throwing stuff. I have a friend I know that's in the Coast Guard ... and (he) said that was the maddest group of immigrants they ever picked up."

"I'm protecting the sovereignty of the United States of America," Yoho declared.

The constituent meeting was shown on Perisocope and later uploaded to YouTube.

The Times has contacted the Coast Guard and will update with any new information.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 12:26pm]


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