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.
Today in Florida:— Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar (@USBPChiefMIP) July 4, 2023
U.S. Border Patrol agents responded to a migrant landing in the #FloridaKeys & encountered 32 Cuban migrants. The migrants were medically screened & taken into federal custody where they will be processed for removal proceedings.#cuba #july4 #florida pic.twitter.com/JJ16HF0dkt