MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Over the past two days, U.S. Border Patrol officers have responded to at least 16 migrant landings in the state and detained 263 migrants, the agency said.
It’s the continuation of an unfortunate trend that has seen hundreds of people make perilous journeys to reach South Florida.
A boat carrying Cuban migrants capsized near Sugarloaf Key on Friday. Local 10 News cameras see two bodies being moved into a coroner’s van.
Then there was a Saturday at Key Largo’s Ocean Reef Club, where hundreds of Haitian migrants arrived.
Sky 10 captured the response of several authorities to bring more than 200 people onto a Coast Guard cutter, in addition to the 113 who came ashore.
According to the Border Patrol, the smugglers who keep coming to South Florida have no regard for the lives aboard their boats.
“They aren’t bringing enough water, the ship was overloaded, the weather changes frequently,” said Adam Hoffner of the US Border Patrol Miami Sector. “(It’s) fortunate there were no serious injuries.”
Back in March, 365 Haitian migrants made their way to the ocean reef on Key Largo on a boat.
Mary Estime-Irvin of the National Haitian Elected Officials Network said this is a cry for help because Haiti has no political system or structure, which is why many Haitians are risking their lives.
“When there’s instability in Haiti, there’s always going to be this crisis, and as you can see, people are willing to risk their lives,” she said during a Sunday morning appearance on This Week in South Florida.
Estime-Irvin added that she would like to see all migrants who make it here safely given the opportunity to stay and seek asylum.
“We have to open our hearts, we have to realize that we have to do something,” she said.
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