Miami, (EFE) – The United States Coast Guard deported 260 Haitians intercepted in two maritime operations off the coasts of Haiti and Cuba on Friday.
One of the operations was carried out today about 32 kilometers (20 miles) south of the coast of Cuba, where 77 Haitians were found in a sailing freighter.
After disembarking the overcrowded boat, it was destroyed by the Coast Guard because it represented “a danger to navigation.”
Meanwhile, on Wednesday the Coast Guard intercepted a freighter with 183 Haitians on board about 58 kilometers (36 miles) from Cap Du Mole, Haiti.
This ship was also destroyed for the same security reasons.
Since October 1, 2020, when the current fiscal year began, Coast Guard crews have intercepted 1,119 Haitian immigrants in the Straits of Florida compared to 418 for the total last fiscal year.
The institution reported no injuries or significant medical problems among immigrants deported today.
The Coast Guard noted that it routinely returns people intercepted at sea traveling aboard vessels unfit to navigate to their home country to avoid loss of life at sea.
“We cannot emphasize enough how dangerous these trips are,” said Jared Trusz, commander of the Coast Guard.
Meanwhile, the United States Government confirmed this Friday that there are no longer any migrants, mostly Haitians, in a makeshift camp weeks ago under a bridge on the border with Mexico, which opened a new chapter in the migration crisis facing the president. Joe Biden since his arrival at the White House.
The US Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), Alejandro Mayorkas, announced that “there are no longer any migrants in the camp under the bridge” in the town of Del Río, where they have passed since the September 9 about 30,000 people, with up to 15,000 the day that there were more.