More than 160 migrants were found this Sunday in the Florida Keys after agents from various agencies responded to ten landings since midnight.
Walter N. Slosar, chief agent of the Border Patrol for the Miami sector, reported the arrival of the immigrants on his Twitter account, but did not specify the nationality of the people.
The day before, New Year’s Eve, the authorities said that during the last 24 hours there had been five landings also in the Keys and they found 88 Cuban migrants.
The US Coast Guard, in turn, reported that on Saturday they repatriated 80 Cubans, after intercepting them in several groups on the Florida coast.
They detailed that several of them were intercepted on Tuesday about 14 miles south of Key Largo after a good Samaritan notified the presence of the migrants.
That same day, the crew of a Coast Guard vessel also detected others about 38 miles west of Cay Sal, Bahamas.
The crew of a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) air and sea operations vessel notified the Key West Coast Guard of a migrant vessel Wednesday about four miles south of Boot Key.
Also that day, more migrants were detected in that same area.
“These trips are not only illegal, but also incredibly dangerous,” said the Coast Guard’s Seventh District petty officer. “Sea and weather conditions can change at any time and cost you your life.”
Since Oct. 1, 2022, Coast Guard crews have intercepted 4,076 Cubans compared to 6,182 in fiscal year 2022.
This story was originally published on January 1, 2023 4:29 p.m.
Source: El Nuevo Herald