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Thursday, September 29, 2022

The number of Cuban rafters intercepted by the US Coast Guard exceeds 6 thousand (Video)

More than 6,000 Cubans have been intercepted by the US Coast Guard (USCG) in an attempt to enter US territory by sea, officials said on Wednesday, following a dangerous crossing through the Straits of Florida.

The federal agency said that from October 1, 2021 until now, the number of migrants from the island disrupted by the USCG is 6,032.

This Wednesday, 50 of them returned to Cuban Island, a destination that has awaited most rafters blocked by authorities this fiscal year upon their arrival on the Florida coast.

Others have faced worse luck. According to the USCG report, dozens of people have died at sea.

“USCG partner agencies are doubling down on patrol to ensure the death toll rises as more life-threatening storms pass over the Florida Straits, Windward and Mona Passage,” said Captain Robert Kinsey.

Despite repeated warnings from the US government about the dangers faced by Cubans who choose this route for migration, and warnings that those detained by the Coast Guard will be sent back to the island Will, this summer migration has increased significantly, more than two decades of previous data records.

“In fact, in recent months we have seen an increase in sea migration to Cuba. This is not something that surprises us, it has happened before, but we are working with various government agencies on additional boats, air and sea. We are ready to respond with patrols,” Coast Guard commander Pablo Prado told radio television Marti last week.

The official explained that, despite the number of interceptions, they do not see this moment as a crisis compared to the previous mass exodus.

“We do not consider this a crisis like the Mariel or the rafters of ’94. None of these, but a wave, an irregularity that has increased the maritime traffic of migrants,” concluded the captain.

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