The massive increase in refugee arrivals in the Keys has led to the governor of Florida declaring a state of emergency in Florida. It is operational for various state agencies towards the Florida Keys.
Several state agencies that are here to assist in the Keys look at the Highway Patrol and State Police, plus they confirm us with the Florida National Guard, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, as well as the Department of Refugee Division. Does Health, all under the direction of Florida’s Department of Emergency Management.
Several state agencies are assisting officials in the Keys with the arrival of immigrants on their shores.
Yesterday, Sunday, two groups arrived, one to Cayo Largo and the other to Cayo Marathon, a total of 53 Cubans, 4 of them were taken to the hospital because they were dehydrated.
while the 237 Cubans who did not reach the shores were repatriated by the Coast Guard.
As the Biden administration’s new policy is announced, a top Border Patrol agent confirms to us:
“Currently in the maritime operation in Florida, immigrants making landfall are detained to begin their immigration process, while those intercepted at sea are returned to their country of origin.,
They say that since last October 1, there has been a 650% increase in illegal immigration of immigrants. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office called for assistance when so many began arriving at the same time.
“Some people were staying put all day and night, and the key officers guarding them are unable to perform their duties to protect citizens,” Monroe County Mayor Craig Cates told us.
He welcomes the Governor’s emergency order mobilizing various state agencies to assist.
A Florida National Guard helicopter is flying along the coast to watch for boats and alert the Coast Guard where they are before they come ashore.
Meanwhile the Dry Tortugas National Park has reopened after being closed
A week for the arrival of hundreds of Cubans on the chain of islands near Key West.
Officials tell us that they hope that although the policy towards those arriving by sea has not changed, they now hope that the increased vigilance will make many people think twice before embarking on the dangerous journey.