The governments of Mexico and the United States returned 159 irregular migrants to Cuba on Tuesday, as part of the migration agreements signed with those countries, the island’s Ministry of the Interior (Minint) reported.
A group of 94 migrants – made up of 35 women, 44 men and 15 minors – who had left Cuba irregularly, transited through Central America and the Caribbean, and later embarked on a route to Mexico to reach the southern border of the United States. , adds the statement.
His return to the island marks the first operation to return illegal Cuban migrants from Mexican territory.
Another group of 55 men and 10 women who left Cuba illegally by sea and were intercepted by the United States Coast Guard Service (SGC) at sea and delivered to the western port of Orozco, in the Artemisa province.
Most of these migrants are Cubans residing in the provinces of Artemisa, Matanzas and Granma.
Two of the returned people are under investigation for having committed “alleged serious criminal acts that were being investigated before they became involved in these illegal departures,” said the note from the state agency.
He also indicated that with these two recent operations, there are 16 that have returned 1,643 irregular migrants in 2023, from the US, Mexico, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands.
The Cuban authorities affirm that they maintain their commitment “to regular, safe and orderly migration” and insist on “the danger and life-threatening conditions that illegal departures from the country by sea represent” and the “irresponsibility” of involving minors old.
At the beginning of this year, the US Government implemented a policy to welcome 30,000 migrants per month from Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba and Nicaragua.
In parallel, it will immediately expel migrants from those countries who try to cross into its territory irregularly to Mexico.
Mexico, for its part, agreed to admit 30,000 migrants a month who are expelled from US territory.
The Government of Washington has seen record numbers of migrants on its southern border in recent times trying to cross irregularly motivated, for the most part, by a new unprecedented migratory exodus from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
This story was originally published on January 24, 2023 7:55 p.m.
Source: El Nuevo Herald