The Coast Guard stated that Cubans seeking to reach the United States by sea were detained for three days in 12 different operations.
The US Coast Guard stated that as more and more Cubans tried to reach the United States by water, it sent 119 Cuban immigrants back to their country in a dozen operations within three days.
in a statement The Coast Guard released information late on Tuesday that after the migrants’ boats were found drifting at sea, they were swept in the South Florida Strait from the Bahamas to the Florida Keys.
“In every instance, the Coast Guard helped protect the U.S. border and prevented these dangerous maritime voyages from ending in tragedy,” it said.
#Don’t go to the beach @USCG On Monday, due to safety of life at sea, the crew of the cutters Margaret Norvell and Raymond Evans repatriated 119 people to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba (Bahia de Cabañas), the previous 12 separate blockades.
— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) January 4, 2022
Official Cuban media said Tuesday’s repatriation was the largest in four years.
The footage from the terminal on the north coast of Cuba shows that masked health workers in white clothes are receiving immigrants transported by ships from the US authorities.
This development comes at a time when the Cuban economy is being hit more and more U.S. sanctions As well as the COVID-19 pandemic, it hinders important international tourism in the Caribbean islands.
Over the past few decades, dangerous border crossings between Cuba and the United States—often complicated by turbulent ocean currents, relentless sun and wind, and poor-quality ships—have claimed the lives of many Cubans.
Coast Guard data show that in the first three months of fiscal year 2022 alone, 586 Cuban immigrants attempted to reach the United States—a significant increase from 2021, when the Coast Guard repatriated a total of 838 Cubans.
According to U.S. immigration statistics, the number of Cubans arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border between October 2020 and May 2021 also hit the highest level in a decade, as many Cubans turned to land to try to enter the United States.
The Cuban government stated that it advocates legal, orderly and safe immigration.
it has Accuse the U.S. Regarding the increase in immigration, the country’s policies, including the cold war embargo, encouraged Cubans to risk their lives to leave the island.
In JulyCubans took to the streets to protest against soaring prices, shortages of food and medicine, and other socio-economic issues that worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In November, another planned round of opposition demonstrations Failed In the law Protest is forbidden, A large number of police officers appeared on the street, and Detained several opposition figures.
The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, said last year that after the unprecedented protest that Cubans “will not come to the United States” when they leave the island.