crew of Coast Guard Margaret Norvell and Raymond Evans, of Americareverted 162 expatriates One cuba On this Wednesday after several campaigns near the coast of Florida,
The arrests were made by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) between last Saturday and Monday, December 12, around Colony Beach, Key Sal (Bahamas), Key West, Snake Creek, Indian Key, Big Pine Key, South Bahía Honda, Lower Metcumbe Key, and Marquesas Key.
“Coast Guard and partner agencies personnel continue to patrol and prevent illegal immigration into the US by sea,” said Lieutenant Matthew Miller of Coast Guard District Seven.
“We will return those detained at sea to their country of origin or departure,” Officer Miller said in a statement.
“USCG, partner agency crews continue to patrol and prevent illegal immigration into the US by sea. We will return those intercepted at sea to their country of origin or departure.” – Lt. Miller, D7 pic.twitter.com/L5MxxeUe0w
— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) December 14, 2022
Despite the warnings, Cubans continued to throw themselves into the sea, driven by the worst economic, social and human rights crisis in their country’s history. Many migrate to the United States primarily by sea in improvised boats, for which they are popularly known as “rafters”.
If sailors are caught by the US Coast Guard before reaching land, they may be deported to a communist-ruled island with no option of seeking refuge in the US.
coast guard officer They have stopped 3,370 rafters on the island since last October 1, beginning of fiscal year 2023, to date. According to information from the USCG, it is estimated that this fiscal year may exceed the record number of the previous one, when the institution detained 6,182 Cuban migrants before landing on the Florida coast: during the last seven years Largest number of rafters.
US officials say that once aboard a Coast Guard patrol boat, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical care. In addition, they note that people living in the United States seeking information about a family member should contact their local government representative, possibly through the Coast Guard.