The crews of the US Coast Guard (USCG) captured more than 3,000 Cuban rafters on the high seas in the last nine months, according to official reports.
According to a statement from the Seventh District of the USCG published this Wednesday, there are 3,067 Cuban migrants detained by US authorities since the beginning of fiscal year 2022, last October 1, to date.
This is the highest figure since 2016, when the dry foot/wet foot migration benefits policy was still in force. The total number of rafters intercepted successively exceeds those of fiscal years 2021 (838), 2020 (49), 2019 (313), 2018 (259) and 2017, when 1,468 Cuban rafters were detained in their attempt to reach land American.
In 2016, 5,396 rafters launched into the Caribbean for fear of the repeal of the presidential executive order “dry feet, wet feet”, which facilitated entry into the United States, and that after the thaw with Cuba in 2015 could be without effect in any time, as it finally happened in January 2017, a few days after President Barack Obama handed over to his successor, Donald Trump.
According to this Wednesday’s statement, the United States Coast Guard repatriated 32 rafters on the day, after three operations to intercept irregular migrants off the coast of Mexico and the Florida Keys.
USCG District Seven Lt. E’Bria Karega reiterated that the USCG maintains active surveillance of the Florida Straits “to help save lives by getting people out of unsafe environments.”
He also assured that his crews will continue to “give high priority to patrolling the high seas to prevent illegal migration, save lives by removing people from unsafe environments, and deter dangerous illegal activity.”
If the numbers of rafters captured on the high seas are remarkable, the illegal entry of Cubans through the southern border of the United States since Biden’s arrival at the White House reached the figure of 171,080 migrants in May fleeing the crisis that society is suffering. Cuban.
The presence of Cubans in Mexico increased considerably as of November 2021 when the Nicaraguan government approved travel from the island to its territory without the need for a visa.
This measure opened a route for Cubans who want to leave the country for the United States and exacerbated the migratory crisis in the Central American region and in particular to the northern border of Mexico.
For its part, the Cuban dictatorship insists on blaming the United States for the unprecedented exodus of Cubans seeking to emigrate to the United States, and ignores internal factors such as lack of freedom, police repression against any sign of opposition and its economic mismanagement, which has exacerbated social inequality in recent years.
After the round of migration talks, held at the end of April in Washington DC, the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) expressed its “concern over the measures of the US government that stimulate migration, prevent legal and orderly migration, and generate the socioeconomic conditions that encourage emigration” from the island.