US Coast Guard has intercepted 1,257 Cubans since October

MIAMI, United States.- The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has intercepted 1,257 Cubans since October 1, 2021, the date that begins the fiscal year, according to a release of District 7 of that federal agency.

The data was made public this weekend after the USCG reported that the Charles Sexton coast guard ship repatriated 70 Cubans on Friday, April 8, detained last week.

According to the statement, between Friday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 6, US authorities intercepted eight vessels from Cuba off the Florida Keys. The Cubans were detected thanks to warnings issued by natural persons or aerial sightings, the agency added.

The Cuban migration crisis continues to set off alarms. Last Thursday, the American newspaper The Washington Post reported that in the month of March alone some 32,000 Cubans arrived in the United States through the southern border.

On Saturday, April 9, the National Migration Institute of Mexico (INM) reported that nine Cuban migrants had been detained as part of a group of 61 people who were crowded into a tractor-trailer that was traveling on the border of the state of Chiapas.

Also, this Sunday, April 10, the Departmental Prevention Unit of the Honduran Police arrested a 45-year-old man that was transporting 30 Cubans to the United States in a truck.

According to information from the EFE news agency, the man is being accused of human trafficking, while the Cubans were placed at the disposal of the Honduran National Migration Institute (INM).

According to official figures from the Honduran INM, since the beginning of the year and up to the present month of April, more than 16,000 people have illegally entered the Central American country, especially from Cuba.

Of the 16,000 people who have been detained this year, 77.2% are Cuban, 6.3% come from Venezuela, 3% from Ecuador and 2.7% from Haiti. The rest belong to individuals from Angola, Senegal, Nicaragua, Brazil and Bangladesh, according to a report in the Honduran newspaper AS.

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