Border Patrol: 32 Cuban migrants taken into custody after arriving in Florida Keys

32 migrants taken into custody in Florida Keys. (@USBPChiefMIP)

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – Federal agents took 32 Cuban migrants into custody after their boat arrived in the Florida Keys 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 Border Patrol agents responded to a report of a migrant landing around 5 a.m. in Marathon and encountered the migrants.

Authorities said the group of migrants consisted of 27 adult males and 5 adult females.

According to Slosar, the migrants were medically screened and taken into federal custody where they will be processed for removal proceedings.

Slosar did not confirm if any migrants were hurt following the encounter.

He said the boat they were on was seized and the investigation is ongoing.

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Ryan Mackey is a Digital Journalist at WPLG. He was born in Long Island, New York, and has lived in Sunrise, Florida since 1994.