MIAMI, United States. — A group of 11 Cuban rafters who arrived in the Florida Keys this Friday aboard an artisanal vessel were taken into the custody of the Border Patrol of that country (CBP).
Images shared by Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar show that the raft on which the migrants left Cuba was made from metal tanks.
“11 Cuban immigrants were taken into US Border Patrol custody this morning after arriving in a rustic boat in the Florida Keys,” the US official said.
The report adds that so far in fiscal year 2022, Border Patrol agents have taken into their custody more than 3,400 migrants who have been intercepted in illegal maritime operations.
Most of the illegal migrants who are intercepted by the authorities trying to reach US territory are returned to Cuba in a few days, as the Coast Guard (USCG) reports show.
This Thursday another 46 migrants who were in the custody of the US authorities were repatriated to Cuba. The rafters were returned to the island by the crew of the cutter Paul Clark.
Also yesterday, agents from the Border Patrol and the Florida Keys Sheriff’s Office detained another 14 Cuban migrants in the vicinity of Sugarloaf Key.
According to reports, the group was made up of five women and five adult men who accompanied five other minors.
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