The United States Coast Guard Service (SGC) returned to Cuba on Sunday (01.22.2023) a group of 68 irregular migrants intercepted at sea in addition to another 136 handed over this week and with them there are 1,339 islanders returned from that country so far this year.
A note from the Ministry of the Interior (Minint) detailed that the new group of people returned this Sunday through the port of Orozco, in the western province of Artemisa, is made up of 48 men, 18 women and two minors who had participated in five “illegal exits”. of the country and were intercepted by the SGC at sea.
It refers that one of these migrants will be investigated by the authorities “for being found as an alleged perpetrator of serious criminal acts.”
Since the beginning of 2023, 11 of these return operations have been carried out by the US authorities, to which are added another three from the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands, and a total of 1,484 illegal migrants have been returned, according to official Cuban data.
The Cuban authorities affirm that they maintain their commitment “to regular, safe and orderly migration” and insist on “the danger and life-threatening conditions that illegal departures from the country by sea represent” and the “irresponsibility” of involving minors old.
The US Government announced a change in its migration policy by which it promised to welcome 30,000 migrants a month from Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba and Nicaragua.
In parallel, it will immediately expel migrants from those countries who try to cross into its territory irregularly to Mexico.
Mexico, for its part, agreed to admit 30,000 migrants a month who are expelled from US territory.
The US Government has seen record numbers of migrants on its southern border in recent times trying to cross irregularly motivated, for the most part, by a new unprecedented migratory exodus from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.