Greater than 100 Haitian migrants landed in southern Florida Tuesday on board a crusing boat, the most recent in a wave of migration to the southern US state, native media stated.
The boat had left northwest Haiti on Friday, stated one of many passengers quoted by the Miami Herald.
The US Border Patrol confirmed on Twitter that “a crusing vessel involving numerous migrants made landfall” in Key Largo, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Miami, with out specifying their nationality.
The Miami Herald reported there have been greater than 100 folks on board, whereas NBC Miami put the quantity at round 200.
The Florida Keys, an archipelago off the southern tip of the state, have acquired a whole lot of migrants in latest days, principally Cubans.
Since Saturday, not less than 460 Cubans have disembarked on the Keys, in line with an announcement from the sheriff’s workplace, which described the present state of affairs as a “mass migration disaster.”
The arrival of about 300 of them on the Dry Tortugas Nationwide Park within the Keys led the authorities to shut the character reserve till additional discover beginning Monday.
Haiti, the poorest nation within the Americas, has been mired in an financial, political, and safety disaster for years, aggravated by the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in 2021 and the rising affect of legal gangs.
Cuba, for its half, is experiencing its worst financial disaster for the reason that Nineties. The scarcity of meals and medication, in addition to an absence of hope in regards to the future, have precipitated a whole lot of 1000’s of individuals to go away for the USA within the final yr, seen as the biggest exodus within the island’s historical past.