MADRID, Spain.- The United States Coast Guard detained 28 Cuban rafters on Tuesday.
According to the head of the Miami sector of the US Border Patrol, Walter N. Slosar, they were intercepted in two different operations after landing in the Florida Keys.
Thirteen of the migrants were stranded on an island eight miles west of Key West, from where they were rescued and taken into federal custody, Walter N. Slosar reported Wednesday through Twitter.
The publication contained an image showing a boat in precarious conditions, with several oars and an adapted motor.
#BREAKING: 28 migrants from #Cuba were taken into #BorderPatrol custody after they made landfall in the Florida Keys during two separate events. 13 of the migrants were stranded on an island 8 miles west of #Key West & were rescued by our agents & @USCGSoutheast partners. pic.twitter.com/OYMegh8gci
— Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar (@USBPChiefMIP) May 17, 2022
Recent arrests of Cuban migrants
Hours earlier, the Coast Guard had reported the repatriation to 55 Cuban raftersintercepted in the Straits of Florida in six different operations.
By sharing the news, the authorities warned of the danger of jumping into the sea in this type of boat.
“We urge families in the United States to encourage their loved ones to immigrate legally. Illegally crossing the unpredictable Florida Straits in crude, makeshift vessels is very dangerous and can result in loss of life,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mark Cobb, Coast Guard District Seven security officer.
Regarding migration by land, the agents of the United States Border Patrol assigned to the Eagle Pass station in the Del Río Sector, Texas, reported that a total of 310 Cuban migrants had been detained after various operations carried out during this weekend. week.
During the month of April alone, almost 35,000 Cuban migrants were detained by the United States Customs and Border Protection (CPB) Office. While in March there were 32,141, the second largest group after the Mexicans. This figure represented almost double the number intercepted in February 2022.
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