Cubans - Coast Guard Noah and Andres Viglucci, a staff writer for the Miami Herald, discuss yesterday's efforts by the Coast Guard to capture Cuban refugees before they reached shore in Florida. The Coast Guard used a water hose and pepper spray to try and prevent the refugees from swimming ashore. The action was carried live by television crews, touching off a demonstration of a thousand protesters. The demonstration forced the shut down of the MacArthur Causeway for several hours. The Coast Guard operation reflects the US policy which states that, if Cuban refugees are intercepted at sea, they can be sent back to Cuba. If they touch dry land, they're usually allowed to stay.