Miami, Jan 7 Several Cuban and Haitian migrants who arrived in the United States in precarious boats through the South Florida Keys and were detained by the authorities have been released from the Dania Beach Border Patrol (CBP) processing center, according to local media.
Some of the released migrants are part of the more than 300 who arrived last weekend at the Dry Tortugas National Park, according to Local 10 television this Saturday.
According to the same outlet, some of the migrants were released this Friday night from the CPB station in Dania Beach, located 57 km north of Miami.
Seven buses from the Florida Keys transported dozens of migrants detained in the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas to that processing center on Thursday, the outlet said.
Citing the Border Patrol, the local channel CBS4 also pointed out this Saturday that more releases of immigrants are expected this weekend, since “people are not held here for more than 48 hours.”
Until now, the immigration authorities have not reported the releases or the numbers of those released.
Cuban and Haitian migrants who are apprehended both at sea and upon landing are often repatriated by the US Coast Guard.
The massive arrival of undocumented immigrants on boats to South Florida is causing a humanitarian crisis that has forced the authorities to channel resources to attend to at least 690 who arrived last weekend in the Florida Keys, according to federal authorities.
To these immigrants are added some 606 more who have been intercepted at sea by immigration authorities, according to figures released by the Southeast Homeland Security Task Force (HSTF-SE).
The arrival of more than 300 migrants last weekend at the Dry Tortugas National Park forced its temporary closure in the middle of the holiday season in order to facilitate the rescue efforts of these people stranded on the islets.
The United States National Park Service announced yesterday that Dry Tortugas will reopen this Sunday after the transfer of migrants.
As reported by the US Department of Homeland Security, a Coast Guard ship transferred last Thursday the migrants who remained in Dry Tortugas, 337 in total, to Key West, in the extreme south of Florida, the same day that the president, Joe Biden, warned about the expulsion of migrants who enter the country irregularly.
Biden announced Thursday a new program for refugees and asylum seekers from Cuba, Haiti, Venezuela and Nicaragua that requires prior authorization through a process with a sponsor and background checks.
At the same time, Biden assured that Mexico has agreed to admit 30,000 migrants a month from those four countries who are expelled from US territory for crossing the border irregularly.
For his part, the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, signed an executive order this Friday that allows him to mobilize National Guard troops and allocate new state resources to face the migratory wave of Cubans and Haitians that is affecting the south of the state, as well as “help relieve pressure on local resources.”
Walter N. Slosar, chief of CBP’s Miami Sector, noted in a recent statement that since October 1, 2022 this sector has experienced a 400% increase in people who arrive by sea and are detained upon disembarking.
So far this fiscal year 2023, that is, since last October 1, the Coast Guard has intercepted 3,839 Cubans at sea, a significant escalation of arrests compared to the 838 intercepted in the entire fiscal year of 2021 and the 6,182 in 2022. EFE