(CNN)The lighthouse that a group of Cuban migrants scaled in an attempt to reach the United States isn't "dry land," a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
The decision means 24 migrants who've been detained for more than a month on a U.S. Coast Guard cutter will be processed for repatriation back to Cuba, the agency said in a statement.
Last month the migrants climbed the 136-year-old American Shoal Lighthouse, an iron structure about 6.5 miles south of the Florida Keys. The Coast Guard convinced them to come down after a standoff that lasted for hours.
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