The National Park Service (NPS) closed parks in the Florida Keys on Monday after about 300 migrants arrived there over the weekend.
The temporary closure at Dry Tortugas National Park, about 110 kilometers from Key West, Florida, could last for a week as police and emergency responders assist migrants, park officials said. I’m here.
“The closure, which is expected to last several days, is necessary for the safety of our visitors and staff due to the resources and space required to accommodate immigration,” NPS said in a statement Monday.
Across the Florida Keys, at least 500 immigrants arrived over the holiday weekend. The recent wave of immigration has been fueled by economic turmoil in Cuba and elsewhere in the Caribbean.
Of that total, about 300 migrants arrived by boat and landed on islands within the Dry Tortugas National Park, NPS said.
National park officials are providing food, water, and medical attention to migrants until Homeland Security officials take over their case.
In Monroe County, which includes Key West, Sheriff Rick Ramsay said U.S. Border Patrol would not provide resources for the landing of some migrants until Tuesday, exacerbating the island’s “mass immigration crisis.” .
“This demonstrates the lack of a federal work plan to address the foreseeable large-scale immigration problem,” Ramsay said in a Facebook statement.
The latest wave of migrant boat landings in the Florida Keys is one of the biggest clashes the U.S. Border Patrol and Coast Guard have faced in the region in almost a decade.
Border Patrol agents have detained more than 2,000 immigrants in South Florida since October 1, most of them from Cuba, according to local radio station WLRN.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.