Island officials said on Saturday that more than a thousand Cuban migrants have been returned to the island in 13 days from different countries.
Overall, the United States, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands have returned 1,115 irregular migrants to Cuba, the Ministry of the Interior (MINUT) said in a press release.
The United States tops the list, registering 970 returns, followed by the Bahamas with 129 and the Cayman Islands with 16. According to MININT, returnees in these first days of the year represent 9 per cent of the total returnees in 2022.
Last Sunday, January 8, the largest repatriation by the US Coast Guard in recent years took place, carrying 273 people, Cuban officials insisted.
Waves of rafters continue to arrive on US shores despite repeated warnings from officials that they will be brought back.
US Coast Guard (USCG) reported on Friday that between January 6 and 13, 824 Cubans were deported to the island after being detained for trying to reach US soil by sea.
The same day, the White House said that the Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection were deploying additional personnel and resources to the state of Florida to quickly crack down on irregular immigrants arriving by sea and put them into removal proceedings.
Nearly 5,000 Cubans have been stopped by the US Coast Guard so far this fiscal year, which began on October 1. According to the USCG report, a total of 6,182 rafters were detained for trying to immigrate to the US illegally in the last fiscal year.
Cubans sought other escape routes from the island. A total of 224,607 arrived at the southern US border in fiscal year 2022, which ended Sept. 30, according to data from the US Customs and Border Protection office.
President Joe Biden’s administration has implemented a number of measures to control illegal immigration at its borders, including a humanitarian parole program that allows Cubans, Nicaraguans, Venezuelans and Haitians to enter the US and live legally in the US. allows to live from For two years with the possibility of obtaining a work permit.