They were intercepted by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) while attempting to reach the Florida coast in an unsafe “boat” and returned to Cuba, authorities said Tuesday.
The USCG tweeted that crews from that agency “repatriated two people to Cuba on Tuesday after a ship off the coast of Florida was intercepted by Coast Guard patrols last week to save lives and deter illegal sea migration.” ”
The photo attached to the publication shows the great “boat” where the Cubans crossed the dangerous Straits of Florida. The artifact, apparently made of wood, canvas, and polyfoam, has dimensions not greater than a meter wide and two meters long, with a sail, rudder, and rudder.
It barely accommodates two people sitting or standing!as seen in the picture.
According to another publication by the agency on its social networks, USCG crews have repatriated or transferred to third countries a total of 123 migrants in the past week.
Border officials stressed to would-be emigrants that “attempting to enter the US illegally by sea may bar you from legal immigration routes” and warned anyone caught: “You will be rescued and returned to your home country.”
From the beginning of fiscal year 2023—October 1—to last July, 7,486 Cuban immigrants arrived at US border points; 3,379 of them did so by sea, according to the Department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
In the past few days, the Coast Guard and Border Police have been intercepting different rafter groups either at sea or after landing.
The Coast Guard intercepted one the week before Boat with 25 migrants on board in Bahamian waters and handed her over to the Bahamian authorities.
Border guards were arrested a few days earlier six Cuban immigrants who made it to the Florida Keys.