The Florida archipelago was overrun by Cuban refugees

Environmental Protection Agency

NOS News

Hundreds of Cuban refugees have arrived in recent days on the uninhabited island group Dry Tortugas, the westernmost tip of Florida. There is a nature reserve that is temporarily closed to tourists so that shelter can be arranged.

In total, about 300 migrants have arrived on the archipelago since New Year’s Day. Having no facilities such as running water or shelter, workers at the nature reserve provided food, water, and basic medical care.

In the coming days, you should receive assistance from the relevant authorities. Until then, the archipelago will remain off-limits to tourists.

record number of immigrants

Because of the poor economic situation on the island, many Cubans are currently trying to come to the United States. A record 220,000 Cubans were arrested at the border crossing with Mexico last year. A smaller group zips across Florida, because Cuba is less than 150 kilometers from Florida.

Hundreds of immigrants have also arrived elsewhere in Florida recently. A local sheriff says the Biden administration needs to do more to manage immigration flows.

The Dry Tortugas is a group of seven small islands located more than 60 miles off the coast of Key West. It is a popular destination for snorkelers and divers who can spot tropical fish, turtles, and wrecks.

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