LONG KEY, – Federal agents detained 17 Cuban migrants after their boat arrived in the Florida Keys early Tuesday morning, according to a top U.S. Border Patrol official.
Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar, who leads the agency’s Miami sector, tweeted that the migrants came ashore on Long Key around 6 a.m.
According to Slosar, all 17 of the migrants who came ashore were men.
Slosar did not confirm if any migrants were hurt.
Early #Tuesday morning, 17 migrants from #Cuba made landfall on a rustic vessel in the #FloridaKeys. At 6:00 a.m., #BorderPatrol agents & LE partners responded to Long Key & encountered 17 adult males. pic.twitter.com/9EexkPtRNB— Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar (@USBPChiefMIP) March 7, 2023
Slosar also tweeted Tuesday that U.S Border Patrol agents responded to a migrant landing in Miami over the weekend and encountered three people from the Republic of Georgia.
He said the boat they were on was seized and the investigation is ongoing.
Slosar didn’t confirm if any migrants were hurt during the weekend encounter.
Over the weekend, U.S. Border Patrol agents & LE partners responded to a migrant landing in Miami, FL & encountered three noncitizens from the Republic of Georgia. The vessel will be seized. Investigation is ongoing. #miami #miamibeach #miamidade #florida pic.twitter.com/EZmDx2194K— Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar (@USBPChiefMIP) March 7, 2023