Two groups of immigrants land on Florida beaches

Two groups of immigrants, of at least 25 and 19 people, respectively, reached different points on the Florida coast this Tuesday and are in the custody of the authorities, a few days after the governor, Ron DeSantis, declared a state of emergency to stop the "influx of migrants".

A first group of at least 25 people landed this afternoon on a beach in Fort Lauderdale, north of Miami, and the authorities "they arrested some of them and located the boat"picked up the Sun Sentinel newspaper.

The second group, made up of Cuban immigrants, arrived this morning in a precarious boat at a beach in Key Colony, in the extreme south of Florida, and at least 19 were detained.

"US Border Patrol agents and police officers responded to a landing of migrants on a Key Colony beach and encountered 19 Cubans"Walter N. Slosar, head of the Customs and Border Protection Office for the Miami Sector, said on social media.

Slosar also reported in a tweet that on Monday the US Coast Guard repatriated 273 Cubans as a result of various interceptions at sea, most of them in the Straits of Florida.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) warned this Tuesday of the increase in material and human resources in response to the "unprecedented level of migrant landings on the coasts"and following DeSantis’s decision to declare a state of emergency.

Last week, DeSantis declared a state of emergency and deployed the National Guard, following the arrival of numerous Cuban and Haitian emigrants by sea in this southern state.

DeSantis cited the recent landings of more than 400 people on the beaches of Dry Tortugas National Park, in the Florida Keys.

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The Florida governor’s measure allows the mobilization of National Guard troops and the allocation of large new state resources to confront the migratory wave that is affecting the south of the state.

The FDEM indicated in the statement that, as of today, "More than 300 removal vessels have been identified with 299 landings and 5,184 immigrants".

According to this division, the National Guard has mobilized 12 aircraft or "air assets" and deployed between 100 and 150 members of this volunteer reserve force to assist the Coast Guard.

The Republican senator of Cuban origin Marco Rubio blamed this Tuesday for the new wave of migration, especially of Cubans and Haitians, to "failed immigration policies" US President Joe Biden.

Rubio met this Tuesday with commanders of the US Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), among other institutions, and said, after praising the "dedication" of the coast guards, which "they can’t do it alone" and that the Biden Administration "must take steps to enforce the law".

Only between December 30 and January 5 past "more than 1,100 Cubans and Haitians arrived in the Florida Keys"in the extreme south of this state, Rubio warned.

So far in fiscal year 2023, which began on October 1, the US Coast Guard has already intercepted 4,915 Cuban immigrants in the waters of the Florida Straits, compared to the 6,182 intercepted during all of 2022.

In the fiscal periods of 2021 and 2019, 838 and 49 Cubans were intercepted, respectively.

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