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US Coast Guard repatriates 67 Cuban rafters this Monday

MIAMI, United States. – The crew of the Richard Etheridge Coast Guard, of the United States Coast Guard, repatriated 67 Cuban rafters this Monday, after several rescue operations near the coast of Florida, they indicated. US official sources.

Every week, dozens of Cubans approach the coast of Florida, where they are generally intercepted by Coast Guard agents and then deported to the Island. However, many of them perish at sea before reaching land.

This Sunday, Border Patrol agents stopped to 57 migrants from the Island who crossed the Straits of Florida in homemade boats.

Since October 1, 2022, the beginning of the current fiscal year, Coast Guard crews have intercepted 1,588 Cubans. In fiscal year 2022, 6,182 rafters from the Island were intercepted.

Last Saturday, the Coast Guard repatriated 40 Cubans, according to reported the body itself on Twitter. Just 24 hours earlier, it also returned 68 nationals to the Island, after several rescue operations off the coast of Florida.

On Thursday, United States Border Patrol agents responded to a landing of 12 Cuban migrants that took place in Miami Beach, at the height of 67th Street, reported on Twitter Officer Walter N. Slosar.

On the same day, the Border Patrol apprehended 22 Cuban migrants who crossed the Straits of Florida in a rustic sailboat and made landfall in Marathon.

“Illegal migration in rustic and improvised boats without safety equipment, such as a life jacket, is dangerous,” has warned Petty Officer 1st Class Nicole J. Groll, Coast Guard 7th District. “Risking their lives during these adventures causes their loved ones unnecessary anxiety about whether they are safe or lost at sea,” she added.

Recently, the United States embassy in Havana alerted Cuban rafters that it would strengthen surveillance in the Florida Strait, with a view to dealing with the increase in irregular maritime migration.

“The Joint Homeland Security Task Force increased its operational posture to address a recent increase in irregular maritime migration. Agencies are increasing patrols and law enforcement by land, air and sea, day and night,” reads one of the Embassy publications.

The migration agreements between Cuba and the United States establish that people who are intercepted on the high seas will be returned to the island.

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