Migrants Land Homemade Boats on Florida Beaches

A makeshift boat lands on an island of the Dry Tortuga National Park in April with 20 migr
U.S .Border Patrol/Miami Sector

Migrants continue the dangerous practice of crossing the Straits of Florida in small homemade boats. The boats are usually overloaded with migrants attempting to make their way from Cuba and Haiti to the United States.

Miami Sector Chief Patrol Agent Walter Slosar tweeted photos of two migrant landings on Florida island beached on April 25. In the first incident, a group of 20 Cuban migrants landed on the beach at the Dry Tortugas National Park. The migrants beached a homemade boat on one of the seven islands.

A few days earlier, another makeshift boat overloaded with 26 Cuban migrants landed on the beach of an uninhabited island located west of Key West, Florida. The migrant group included six juveniles, Slosar reported.

These 46 migrants are in addition to the 5,210 migrants apprehended by Miami Sector Border Patrol agents during the first six months of Fiscal Year 23 (which began on October 1, 2022). This year’s total already exceeded the total of the last two fiscal years combined when agents apprehended 5,040 migrants.

During the past 12 months, Miami Sector agents apprehended 7,771 migrants according to the CBP Nationwide Encounters Report.

These apprehensions do not include the thousands of mostly Cuban and Haitian migrants interdicted at sea by U.S. Coast Guard crews.

On April 24, a Coast Guard aircrew spotted a “rustic vessel” overloaded with migrants approximately 40 miles of the coast of Key West. The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton’s crew arrived as the boat began taking on water and rescued the migrants from possible drowning.

Coast Guard officials report the interdiction at sea of 6,449 Cuban and 4,230 Haitian migrants since October 1, 2022.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.


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