A sailboat carrying nearly 200 people intercepted by the coast guard


Many of these current migration efforts are attributed to rising violence in Haiti.

MIAMI— Editor’s Note: The above video is from October 2021

The U.S. Coast Guard and local law enforcement in Miami-Dade responded Thursday morning to a beached sailboat holding between 150 and 200 people in Biscayne Bay, according to USCG Southeast tweets.

CBS News reported that a boater spotted the sailboat around 9:15 a.m. potentially carrying a large number of Haitian migrants.

“These companies are inherently dangerous. These ships are not necessarily seaworthy. They are excessively overloaded. They don’t have proper safety equipment. It’s not like people plan the weather when they were coming to make these trips to the United States,” Ryan Estrada, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard, told CBS News.

A perimeter was set up around the boat and those on board were given food, water and an assessment, CBS News said. At least two women, a man and a child were reportedly taken to a nearby hospital.

The Miami Herald reported that in the late afternoon, the Coast Guard began boarding people onto cutter boats to send them back to their “home country”, believed to be Haiti due to similar boats. that Haitian migrants used before.

The mass migration is the biggest exodus from Haiti in two decades, the Herald explained.

Many of these migration efforts are attributed to rising violence in Haiti.

“Haiti is a country at war. It’s under lock and key. People are suffering. It’s a burning hell,” said Marlene Bastien, a Haitian activist.

She told the outlet that gangs were taking their toll and state-sponsored violence had become a major concern.

“Haiti is going through one of the worst crises in history where thousands and thousands of people are forced to leave their homes,” Bastien said.

CBS News reported that approximately 6,114 migrants were apprehended by the Coast Guard from October 2021 through the end of June. Reportedly, this is more than four times the number of Haitians arrested in 2021 and more than 14 times the number in 2020.

Last month, 27 Haitians were rescued and three suspected smugglers were arrested, after the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted an illegal voyage through Mona Passage between June 6 and June 8.

In May, a boat with apparently 842 migrants trying to reach the United States landed in Cuba instead.

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Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime, a Haitian-American, released a statement following the interception Thursday:

“It is well known that the political, health and security situation in Haiti is dire,” said Monestime. “Many of these Haitian nationals arriving in the United States are certainly asylum seekers fleeing political unrest. I hope President Biden, his administration, and our legal system will treat these migrants humanely.


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