ship richard etheridgeFrom Coast Guard Of America (USCG, for its abbreviation in English), took back Cuba this Tuesday 38 expatriates Those who tried to escape from the island were intercepted at sea.
The organization warned potential immigrants, “Crews from the Coast Guard and relevant agencies will intercept you at sea before you reach the Marquesas Keys, the Dry Tortugas or Florida.” USCG added on twitter that, whoever is caught at sea bordering the United States, “shall be deported back to their country of origin or departure.”
The USCG also repatriated another 82 rafters to Cuba last Sunday, as confirmed by the agency on social networks.
According to a note by the institution, it was the crew of the cutter Charles David Jr. that was in charge of bringing Cuban immigrants back to the island. These repatriations are the result of several arrests at sea that took place between Tuesday and last Friday.
The political and economic crisis in Cuba, ruled by a communist regime for decades, causes its citizens to migrate irregularly in search of a better future. For this they have to face difficult journeys either by land or by sea.
During the past weekend, 98 Cuban rafters managed to land on the shores of South Florida, as reported by the United States Border Patrol (USBP).
USP’s chief agent in the Miami sector, Walter N. Slosser elaborated on Twitter that the Cuban immigrants came from five landings in the Florida Keys and Key Biscayne.
Not all of them make it to the Florida coast or are intercepted alive by the Coast Guard. With regard to the latter, authorities also revealed on Monday that they are searching for nine Cuban rafters missing near the coast of Florida, whose makeshift boat sank on Sunday.
A Good Samaritan rescued one of the migrants from that group on the beach in Lake Worth, Reported Coast Guard on their social network. The survivor said that he and nine other Cubans left the island on December 10 and that the ship sank on Sunday morning.
Since October 1, 2022, the Coast Guard has intercepted 3,450 Cubans, a figure that could break the previous fiscal year’s record.