Hundreds of migrants arrived in the Florida Keys over the weekend, with several boat landings prompting local sheriffs to criticize the federal government’s response to the “mass immigration crisis.”
Over the weekend, 300 migrants arrived in Dry Tortugas National Park west of Key West, according to the National Park Service. On Sunday, park officials said the park was seeing an increase in people arriving from Cuba, prompting a closure over the next few days.
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The park tweeted on Monday. “Concession operated ferry and seaplane services are temporarily suspended.”
Migrants were given food, water and basic medical care until the Department of Homeland Security took the lead in caring for them.
Separately, more than 160 migrants have landed in Middle and Upper Keys, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. At least 88 of the migrants were from Cuba, according to US Customs and Border Protection.
of cuban immigration Patrol Chief Walter N. Slother said five landers had arrived.
The U.S. Border Patrol has told the sheriff’s office that the federal government’s response to the immigrant landing may have to wait a day, the sheriff’s office said.
Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsey said, “Refugee arrivals require significant resources from the Sheriff’s Office to assist our federal law enforcement partners in ensuring the health and safety of immigrants. “This demonstrates the lack of a federal work plan to address the foreseeable large-scale immigration problem.”
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Escape of Cuban refugees America This year hit a record high as the Caribbean nation ramps up its brutal crackdown on its citizens and the US’s southern border crisis continues to worsen.
Border officials have recorded more than 227,000 Cubans illegally trying to enter the United States between December 2021 and 2022.
Fox News. Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.