The Coast Guard on Tuesday repatriated a group of Cuban migrants stranded off the coast of Florida Keys.
The group includes three dozen Cubans who fled to the United States last week.
Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry Aircrew initially detected a migrant group on Friday and alerted nearby units, the Coast Guard said in a report.
The crew of Cutter Issac Mayo later responded to the alert and found the migrants, according to the statement.
Coast Guard repatriates 45 migrants to Cuba after boat found near Florida keys
“Our staff is working tirelessly to ensure that the South Florida Strait is safe,” said Lt. Paul Benyowski, Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Sector Key West Enforcement.
“These migration efforts are inherently dangerous and these men, women and children are taking great risks while trying to navigate the unpredictable seas in unsafe, overloaded, barren ships,” the chief added.
The migrants were placed on Coast Guard cutters and provided with food, water, shelter and basic medical care before being repatriated.
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According to the Coast Guard, the number of Cubans banned by their staff is the highest in five years.
“Since Oct. 1, 2021, Coast Guard personnel have detained 2,464 Cubans,” the U.S. Armed Services Marine Branch said.
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This figure is 838 Cuban migrants in fiscal year 2021, the increase that was stopped in the first year of the Biden administration.
For reference, only 49 Cuban migrants were banned in 2020 under the leadership of President Donald Trump.