MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – A US Border Patrol official said that after two separate landings in the Florida Keys on Saturday, federal agents were able to take more than two dozen Cuban migrants into custody.
According to a tweet posted by Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar, who is in charge of the Miami division of the Border Patrol, officers were able to take 27 migrants into custody after their vessels came ashore at Long Key and the Marquesas Keys.
Slosar said that there were no injuries sustained by any of the migrants.
The landings, which required a dangerous and sometimes deadly trip across the Straits of Florida, took place when a lot of people were leaving the island because of its bad economy.
On Saturday, the United States Coast Guard brought more than 200 migrants who had been intercepted while attempting to cross the sea back to the island. During the current fiscal year, they have intercepted nearly 4,000 Cubans.