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HomeBreaking NewsSouth Florida migrant encounters up 400%: Border Patrol

South Florida migrant encounters up 400%: Border Patrol

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U.S. officials in South Florida have seen a 400% increase in migrant encounters this fiscal year compared to the same period last year, Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said Wednesday.

“In the past five days, interagency efforts in the Miami Sector led to discovering 26 smuggling events, totaling nearly 600 migrants,” Ortiz said in a Tweet. “Since October 1, 2022, Miami Sector has seen a 400% increase in migrant encounters over the same time period last year.”

The update comes as the area has seen an influx of migrant landings or attempted landings near Florida in recent days.

Dry Tortugas National Park in the Florida Keys announced Monday it would close to the public after an increase in migrant landings over the past few days shut down operations at the park there.

“Homeland Security Task Force – Southeast is aware of multiple migrant landings this weekend on Dry Tortugas National Park and the Marquesas. The U.S. Coast Guard and partner federal, state and local components in HSTF-SE are coordinating efforts to recover the individuals currently stranded on the remote, uninhabited islands,” Rear Adm. Brendan C. McPherson, commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District and director of Homeland Security Task Force, said in a statement.

On Monday, two cruise lines rescued two dozen people on small boats, cruise officials told ABC News.

Recently arrived migrants wait in a garage area of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Marathon Border Patrol Station, on Jan. 4, 2023, in Marathon, Fla. More than 500 Cuban immigrants have come ashore

U.S. officials in South Florida have seen a 400% increase in migrant encounters this fiscal year compared to the same period last year, Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said Wednesday. "Since October 1, 2022, Miami Sector has seen a 400% increase in migrant encounters over the same time period last year." The update comes as the area has seen an influx of migrant landings or attempted landings near Florida in recent days.

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