MADRID, Spain.- The United States Coast Guard (USCG) returned a group of 82 Cuban migrants to the island this Sunday. According to a statement from the entity, the repatriation was carried out by the crew of the coast guard Charles David Jr.
The Cubans had been intercepted in five operations between Tuesday and Friday of last week, near the Florida coast: about 15 miles southeast of Caesar Creek; about 1 mile south of Sugarloaf Key; about 85 miles southwest of Key West; about 20 miles south of Sugarloaf Key; and about 30 miles southeast of Tavernier Key.
Sharing the information, Lt. JG Nicholas Fujimoto, Coast Guard District Seven, noted, “Crews from the Coast Guard and partner agencies are in full force off the coast of Florida doing everything possible to stop the illegal migration at sea.
He also urged the rafters not to jump into the sea, but to use legal means to reach the United States.
#breaking @USCG Cutter Charles David Jr.’s crew repatriated 82 Cuban, Sun.
“USCG, partner agency crews are out in full force off the Florida coast doing our best to stop illegal migration at sea. Use legal means of coming to the US” – Lt. jg Fujimoto. #DontTakeToTheSea pic.twitter.com/EJQkyuH0wo
—USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) December 18, 2022
On previous occasions, the Coast Guard has warned of the danger to life represented by these journeys by sea in rustic boats. Just as it has reiterated that people who are intercepted on the high seas will be returned to the island.
Since October 1, 2022, the beginning of the current fiscal year, Coast Guard crews have intercepted 3,450 Cubans.
In this short period, the figure represents more than half of the rafters detained during the past fiscal year, in which the USCG detained 6,182 Cuban migrants.
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