Miami, USA The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) warned of increased material and human resources in response this Tuesday “unprecedented levels of migrant landings on our shores”and following the decision of the governor, Ron DeSantis, to declare a state of emergency.
FDEM is in “close communication with local governments and law enforcement partners” (…), and we will continue to deploy all available resources and manpower to “prevent the influx of migrants” coming into Key Florida, Kevin Guthrie For this the director of the division said in a statement.
Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency and deployed the National Guard. This resulted in the arrival of Cuban and Haitian immigrants by sea to this southern state.
Cuban and Haitian migrant wave by sea
The measure allows for the mobilization of National Guard troops and the allocation of large new state resources to combat the migrant wave affecting the south of the state.
Cuban-born Republican Senator Marco Rubio blamed this new wave of immigration, especially Cubans and Haitians, on the “failed immigration policies” of US President Joe Biden.
Rubio met with commanders from the US Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), among other institutions, this Tuesday. He said, after praising the Coast Guard’s “dedication,” that “they can’t do it alone” and that the Biden administration “must take action to enforce the law.”
Hours after Republican DeSantis signed the executive order, FDEM activated the so-called State Emergency Operations Center and placed it at Level 2 to facilitate coordination of state assets.
The division indicated in the statement that, to date, “more than 300 vessels have been identified for removal with 299 landings and 5,184 immigrants.”
Rubio warned that between December 30 and January 5 alone, “more than 1,100 Cubans and Haitians arrived in the Florida Keys,” the extreme south of this southernmost state.
FDEM currently works closely with the Florida National Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). as well as with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Highway Patrol (FHP) “to enhance coastal surveillance and provide better awareness of migratory activities.”
National Guard has mobilized 12 aircraft
According to FDEM, the National Guard has mobilized 12 aircraft and deployed between 100 and 150 members of this reserve force made up of volunteers.
The first deployment of police forces began in the Florida Keys last Saturday, and additional operations will continue “as needed”.
For its part, the FDLE has organized two dozen agents in Monroe County, located at the southern tip of Florida.