KEY LARGO, Fla. – Over a dozen Cuban migrants were taken into custody after arriving on a homemade boat early Saturday 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 Border Patrol agents encountered a total of 19 migrants around 4 a.m. in Key Largo.
Sources told Local 10 News that the migrants were apprehended around Mile Marker 94.
Slosar did not confirm if any migrants were hurt.
They are expected to be repatriated to Cuba.
Early Saturday morning, 19 Cuban migrants made landfall on a rustic vessel in the Florida Keys. At 4:00 a.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents & LE partners responded to Key Largo & encountered the migrants. #saturdaymorning #cuba #floridakeys #keylargo pic.twitter.com/EKf6ncbSsF— Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar (@USBPChiefMIP) March 11, 2023