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18 Cuban rafters arrested upon arrival in Key West

MIAMI, United States.- The US authorities detained this Saturday a group of 18 Cuban rafters who arrived in Key West, south of Florida, according to what was reported on his Twitter account by Walter N. Slosar, head of the maritime rescue corps in the Miami section.

According to the information, the immigrants were arrested early in the morning after arriving in a rustic boat.

“Border Patrol agents and local partners responded to a migrant landing near Conch Harbor Marina,” Slosar said.


The Cubans had arrived in a handmade raft made of wood, with galvanized plates on polyfoam and with an adapted car engine, according to the official image that emerged.

The number of Cuban migrants who jump into the sea with the aim of costing Americans has multiplied alarmingly in recent months. This week it was learned of a group of 25, including seven children, who arrived in Key West.

The arrest occurred on Monday, June 27as reported by the United States Border Patrol (USBP, for its acronym in English), shortly after making landfall aboard a wooden fishing boat labeled Rio Azul.

From October 1, 2021, the date that marks the beginning of the current fiscal year, until last Wednesday, June 29, the crews of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) intercepted 3,016 Cuban rafters at sea trying to reach the shores of Florida.

The current figure has already exceeded the number of Cuban immigrants captured in fiscal years 2021 (838), 2020 (49), 2019 (313), 2018 (259) and 2017 (1,468), but not 2016, when the largest Stampede of Cubans by sea in the last six years: 5,396 rafters.

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