From our Bureau of Aquatic Stampedes with some assistance from our Bureau of Rustic Vessel Flotillas
Trucutú Díaz-Canel’s NewYear’s Eve speech — in which he warned that 2023 would bring more suffering than the previous year — could go down in history as one of his most successful orations. It seems to have spurred one of the largest and most sudden increases in the number Cubans fleeing the island on “rustic vessels.”
Fleeing is more than understandable. But, don’t these Cubans know that the U.S. will send them back to Castrogonia immediately? This apparent rejection of obvious consequences is very puzzling. How can they NOT know?
This is a puzzle to us, on this side of the Straits, but to those who have to endure life in Castrogonia, there is no puzzle at all. These rafters are a lot like the many people who jumped from the Twin Towers on 9/11. Utter desperation makes people act in seemingly irrational ways.
Abridged and Loosely Translated from CiberCuba
The United States Border Patrol (USBP) launched an alert on Monday due to the numerous and continuous arrivals of Cuban rafters in South Florida during the last 72 hours.
“Alert. During the last 72 hours, Border Patrol agents have responded to a high volume of migrant landings in the Florida Keys,” USBP head for the Miami sector, Walter N. Slosar, said on Twitter on Monday.
Slosar also warned in his message that “there is a greater presence of law enforcement, who are the first to respond in the area.”
The first day of 2023 was reported to be particularly active in the arrival of migrants to US territory, after the discovery of more than 160 rafters in the vicinity of the Florida Keys, according to the USBP.
Also on January 1, it was learned that the Dry Tortugas National Park, located in the Florida Keys, was closed for several days starting this Monday, after almost 300 Cuban migrants arrived there between Saturday and Sunday.
In addition, on this Monday, other images were shared of Cubans living in South Florida who gave a warm welcome to more than 30 rafters who arrived this Sunday at Marathon Key.
On this day, it was learned that two precarious boats loaded with Cuban rafters were rescued by two cruise ships in the first two days of the year 2023.