The US Coast Guard has announced that they have intercepted more than 3,000 Cuban migrants fleeing Cuba via boats near Florida since October.
Picture of the US Coast Guard intercepting Cuban Migrants off the coast of Florida
In a press conference, the Coast Guard said they had intercepted more individuals in the last eight months than in the previous five fiscal years combined.
According to the Coast Guard:
In 2021: 838 Cuban Migrants were intercepted.
In 2020: 49 Cuban migrants were intercepted.
In 2019: 313 Cuban migrants were intercepted.
In 2018: 259 Cuban migrants were intercepted.
In 2017: 1,468 Cuban migrants were intercepted.
In a statement, Lt. Paul Puddington of the US Coast Guard said “Migrating illegally in makeshift vessels, especially without life jackets or safety equipment, is incredibly dangerous. Please for your own safety, don’t take to the sea.”
The news comes as Florida has seen an uptick in Cuban migrants illegally entering the United States through their coastlines. Over the weekend, The Coast Guard announced they caught 68 people approximately 30 miles south of Key West.