MIAMI, United States.- The United States Coast Guard (USCG) announced on Thursday the repatriation of 20 Cuban rafters who were intercepted near the Florida Keys, the agency reported on its Twitter account.
According to the publication, the crew of the William Trump cutter brought 20 Cuban citizens back to the island who were rescued off the coasts of the Florida Keys when they were sailing in unsafe boats.
“Family members seeking information about their loved ones should contact their US representative or the embassy,” reads the ad, accompanied by the hashtag #DontTakeToTheSea (don’t jump into the sea).
The Border Protection Patrol (CBP) of the state of Florida this week warned those trying to reach the country illegally by sea that the authorities are pending these attempts.
“The Florida Border Patrol monitors attempts to land illegally off the southeastern coasts of the United States. Do not fool yourself and do not embark “, reads the publication of said federal agency in the social network of Twitter.
“The state of the sea can be very dangerous at this time of year,” said CBP officer Adam Hoffner, adding that many vessels in which Cubans jump into the sea are rustic, are overloaded and therefore are dangerous for navigation.
In the last fiscal year, which began on October 1, 2020 and ended on September 30, more than 800 Cubans were intercepted trying to reach the United States illegally.
Just last weekend, the second of this fiscal year, some 22 Cuban rafters were intercepted in the Florida Keys, Patrol Chief Thomas G. Martin, which covers the Miami area, said on Twitter.
While 18 Cuban migrants arrived on a makeshift raft at dawn Sunday, another four arrived ashore in a homemade boat, the source said. The largest group made landfall at Smathers Beach, across from Key West International Airport.
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