US Coast Guard repatriates 65 Cuban rafters

The US Coast Guard (USCG) reported that the crew of the cutter Pablo Valent repatriated 65 Cubans this Thursday and that it has intensified its patrols in the Florida Straits to prevent illegal maritime migration.

A release published by that entity on Twitter indicates that the migrants returned to the island were detained in various operations at sea since Friday.

That day, at 12:15 pm, Key West Sector watchmen were alerted to a suspected smuggling vessel about 20 miles south of Boot Key.

For their part, on Saturday, the vigilantes of the Miami Sector stopped a boat of immigrants, at approximately 11:42 am, about 3 miles from Jupiter Island.

On Tuesday at approximately 7:50 am, the USCG stopped another Cuban boat about 55 miles southwest of Key West.

“The Coast Guard and our partners are patrolling the Straits of Florida and Windward and Mona Passages to deter illegal maritime migration,” said Lt. Travis Poulos, Coast Guard District Seven.

He recalled that “those detained at sea will be repatriated to their country of origin or exit”.

It also told people residing in the US who are looking for information about a family member possibly intercepted by the Coast Guard to contact their local government representative.

In the United States, they are prosecuted migrants intercepted by Border Patrol after making landfall on coasts or land borders, figures that are very high in the context of the current Cuban migration crisis.

The numbers of detainees at sea by the USCG are also high. Since October 1, 2022, Coast Guard crews have intercepted 2,243 Cubans. In other words, in two months more than a third of the migrants captured in the entire Fiscal Year 2022 have been detained.

From October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022 (Fiscal Year 2022), 6,182 Cuban migrants were detained.

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