The governor of the US state of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has ordered the activation of the National Guard in the face of a significant increase since October in the arrivals of Cuban migrants, and especially in recent days, to the areas of the keys.
In a statement published on Friday afternoon and picked up by the Politico news portal, DeSantis attributes these new arrivals to the “negative impact of lawless immigration policies” of the White House.
“The burden of this failure falls on the local forces of law and order, which lack the resources to deal with this crisis,” said the governor, considered by experts as a possible favorite of the Republican party for the final nomination for the Presidency of the country in 2024.
According to data from the United States Coast Guard Service, since last October 1, the authorities have intercepted 4,153 Cuban migrants, a substantially higher figure than the 838 interceptions throughout 2021. More than 500 Cuban migrants have arrived in the Florida Keys in the last two days, to which must be added a hundred Haitians who arrived in Key Largo last Tuesday, escaping the critical situation in their country.
This deployment takes place during the visit that Biden is preparing this weekend to the US-Mexico border and after the introduction on Thursday of a new policy that would allow the monthly entry into the country of up to 30,000 migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela.