Dozens of Haitian migrants land in Florida Keys
A group of about 150-200 migrants came to shore in the Lower Keys on Monday morning, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says.
Deputies say the Haitian migrants landed near Summerland Key, which is about 20 miles from Key West.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has also responded to the scene.
“Border Patrol Agents and local law enforcement partners are responding to investigate a potential maritime smuggling event near Cudjoe Key, CBP spokesman Adam Hoffner said. “At this time, the investigation is still ongoing.”
It comes just over two weeks after 356 Haitian migrants were taken into custody near Key Largo.
According to U.S. Coast Guard data, their crews since Oct. 1 have rescued 1,193 Haitians compared to:
1,527 Haitian migrants in fiscal year 2021418 Haitian migrants in fiscal year 2020932 Haitian migrants in fiscal year 2019609 Haitian migrants in fiscal year 2018419 Haitian migrants in fiscal year 2017
This is a developing news story and will be updated.