A group of 40 Cuban migrants were deported this Saturday, a day after US officials said 68 others returned to the island, while 16 landed near Marathon in South Florida.
The tweet said Cubans were transferred on the Richard Etheridge Coast Guard.
Meanwhile, Border Patrol agents respond to the landing of 16 Cuban rafters that arrived at Curry Hammock State Park near Marathon in South Florida this Saturday, Nov.
Border Patrol Miami sector chief Walter Schlosser said on Twitter that one rafter was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, although he did not provide further details about his health.
Judging by a photo shared by Slossar on the social network, the rafters were on an old wooden boat called “La Trinida”.
Cubans continue to throw themselves into the sea despite warnings from US officials. Since October 1, when the fiscal year began, a total of 1,374 migrants from the island have been stopped trying to reach the United States. According to the Coast Guard report, the vast majority have been repatriated.
This Friday, the National Security Joint Task Force in charge of protecting the country’s southeastern region reiterated that migrants living in the US without legal basis will be rescued and brought back.
A group of 68 Cubans were returned to the island on Friday. Captain Ben Golightley, 7th Coast Guard District Response Chief, warned in a statement the dangers of navigating the Straits of Florida in vulnerable vessels.
“These boats are not built to survive the voyage, putting more lives at risk, and some even losing their lives at sea,” he said.