The Biden White House this week sent back over two dozen Cubans wanting refuge from their country’s oppressive regime, even as tens of thousands of migrants from other places around the world have been released inside the U.S. without a court date.
In a press release put out this week, the American Coast Guard reported that its people had “repatriated 27 Cubans to their home country … after two interdictions off Florida’s coast.”
The first interdiction resulted from a “good Samaritan” reporting a 21-foot vessel with 22 people on board maneuvering around seven miles south of Key West. The second incident happened later, when bystanders saw a makeshift raft with five people around 15 miles off shore.
All of the Cuban migrants were seen to be in good health, the agency said, and were eventually brought onto the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton before being returned to Cuba.
“Taking to the ocean on unsafe boats is dangerous and can end in loss of life,” Captain Adam Chamie, Coast Guard Commander, said in a comment. “We want to ask all mariners to report any possible voyages to help stop loss of life at sea.”
Chamie’s comment echoed an ominous warning that DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has given earlier this month.
“If you venture out to the sea, you will not come to the U.S.,” Mayorkas said in reference to the possibility that Cubans would rush to get refuge in America as their home country’s leaders crackdown on democratic protests.
“If people prove a well-established fear of torture or persecution, they are referred to other nations for resettlement,” Mayorkas said. “They will not come to the U.S.”
Huge uprisings spontaneously happened on the communist island earlier this month as thousands of people went to the streets to demand freedom from the regime. In reply, the Cuban authorities reportedly removed internet access and violently restricted the demonstrators.
This week, news came out that since the beginning of President Biden’s term, “50,000 migrants who tried to cross the US-Mexican border illegally were then released into the country without a court date.”
Author: Scott Dowdy
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