Arrival of 300 migrants prompts closure of national park

An isolated national park off the coast of Key West was temporarily closed after about 300 migrants, mostly from Cuba, landed on the remote islands over the weekend, officials said.

Important reasons: Cubans have fled their homeland in the largest numbers since 1980 this year, the country is facing its worst economic crisis in decades, authorities crack down on anti-government protests, and people are ditching their daily food supply. and suffer from lack of fuel.

News promotion: The National Park Service said in a statement that Dry Tortugas National Park will be open to the public on Monday morning. This will allow law enforcement and medical personnel to “evaluate, provide care, and coordinate transportation to Key West for the approximately 300 migrants who arrived at the park in 2018,” according to a statement released in the last few days. “

  • “The closure, which is expected to last several days, is necessary for the safety of visitors and staff due to the resources and space required to accommodate immigration,” the statement added.
  • “Like elsewhere in the Florida Keys, the park has recently witnessed an increase in the number of people arriving by boat from Cuba and landing on the islands of Dry Tortugas National Park,” the statement said. The park’s first responders will provide food, water, and basic medical care until Homeland Security arrives and takes the lead.”
  • of The Homeland Security Task Force tweeted “We are coordinating efforts to recover those currently stranded” on the remote island, it said. Federal investigators will then determine the immigrants’ legal status and whether they can be deported, the task force said.

Big picture: Chief Border Patrol agent Walter Slother said agents and police responded at noon Sunday. 10 immigration landings From midnight on New Year’s Day in the Florida Keys.

  • Slother said more than 160 migrants had been “encountered” by the afternoon.
  • According to the Miami Herald, locals are delivering food and water to Cuban migrants while they wait for border guards. The pattern has been seen in recent months on Martha’s Vineyard and outside the home of Vice President Kamala Harris.
  • The Supreme Court last week forced the Biden administration to uphold Title 42, pandemic-era border policy. This policy allowed border officials to expel immigrants and asylum seekers at the border.

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