Friday, January 27, 2023

“They’re going to be repatriated”: Cuban rafters also walk across the border

After a perilous ninety-mile voyage by sea, Cuban rafters arriving off the coast of Florida stumble upon a United States Coast Guard decision and warning: no open borders.

“That people do not throw themselves into the sea in these travails to enter illegally because in the same way, if the Coast Guard intercepts them, they will be rescued and sent back,” he said voice of america Hansel Pintos, who serves as a spokesman for the US Coast Guard.

Since the weekend, 460 Cubans have been deported after arriving on rafts irregularly in the area of ​​the southern state of Florida, according to the Coast Guard.

Last Thursday, January 5th, United States President Joe Biden reported an immigration measure that, for humanitarian reasons, it will allow entry as Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans they were already dealing with Venezuelans, But the law is clear for those who try to enter illegally.

“Entering illegally, if they plan to do so, will have a negative impact on them,” Pinto warned in an interview. visa on arrival,

Miami organizations that support the arrival of Cubans to Florida anticipate that the emigration of citizens from the Caribbean island will continue due to “the suffering and despair of the Cuban people due to the political repression and persecution of communism”. , “said Orlando Gutierrez, director of the Cuban Democratic Directorate.

It is the political situation on the island that leads to such a path, Gutierrez remarked. “Then the Cubans suppress the protests, they don’t see the clear message from the free world and the only way they have is outside.”

According to the Coast Guard, 6,182 Cuban migrants were found in Florida waters during fiscal year 2022.

Republicans demand answers

Republican opponents Has criticized immigration policy Gov. President Joe Biden has since arrived at the White House, whom he accuses of maintaining an “open borders” policy.

This Tuesday, Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida released two messages via a series of tweets where they reported on their exchanges with senior Coast Guard officers and local officials.

Cuban-American Senator Rubio wrote, “I was in Monroe County, Florida today to meet with federal, state and local officials to discuss the response to the recent surge in immigrants from Cuba and Haiti.”

In several images, Rubio can be seen with Republican Representative Carlos Jimenez’s office staff on a plane that flew to Key West in the southern tip of Florida.

For his part, Senator Rick Scott also Reported Who spoke by phone with Coast Guard Admiral Linda Fagan and Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “We discussed the increase in the number of immigrants in Key West. We demand answers on how the Biden administration will fix this and support local law enforcement.”

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