MIAMI, United States. — The exodus of Cubans heading to the United States continues to generate interventions by the Coast Guard of that country (USCG) in the Straits of Florida.
This afternoon, that federal agency reported in Twitter on the deportation to Cuba of another 46 migrants from the Caribbean island who were in the custody of the authorities.
According to the official report, the rafters were returned to Cuba by the crew of the cutter Paul Clark.
The Coast Guard shared in its statement statements by Captain Robert Kinsey, who warned the public that weather conditions in the Florida Straits can be lethal for migrants who jump into the sea.
“The USCG, partner agencies, are doubling down on patrols to ensure the death toll doesn’t rise as more life-threatening storms develop,” the officer said.
The Coast Guard itself indicated that almost at the end of fiscal year 2022, which ends on September 30, the number of Cubans intercepted by that agency amounted to 6,032.
This same Thursday, agents of the Border Patrol and the Sheriff’s Office of the Florida Keys detained 14 Cuban migrants in the vicinity of Sugarloaf Key. The group was made up of five women and five adult men who accompanied five young people.
The 6,032 Cuban rafters intercepted by US authorities in the fiscal year that has just ended represents the highest number of Cuban migrants who have tried to reach US territory by sea since 2016, the fiscal year in which 5,396 were detained.
Since then, illegal incursions into the Straits of Florida had decreased considerably due to the repeal of the “Wet foot, dry foot” policy, which gave illegal migrants the possibility of legalizing their status if they arrived on US territory.
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