300 migrants arrived in Dry Tortugas National Park in addition to the 160 migrants landing in the Florida Keys over New Year’s weekend. 30 other migrants were discovered in the Middle Keys. “Refugee arrivals require a lot of resources from the Sheriff’s Office as we help our federal law enforcement partners ensure the migrants are in good health and safe,” said Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “This shows a lack of a working plan by the federal government to deal with a mass migration issue that was foreseeable.”
In addition to landings at the national park over the weekend, 160 other migrants arrived in the Middle and Upper Keys. At least 88 of the migrants are from Cuba, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a tweet. U.S. Border Patrol and Coast Guard crews patrolling South Florida and the Keys have been experiencing the largest escalation of migrations by boat in nearly a decade, with hundreds of interceptions in recent months, mostly of people from Cuba and Haiti.