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Coast Guard Intercepts Over 300 Illegals Headed For US

Cuban migrants row toward Stock Island, near Key West, Fla., Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. The number of Cubans leaving the island will reach an all-time high this year. The U.S. Coast Guard has intercepted many at sea, but many more are crossing the U.S.-Mexican border. (AP Photo/Mary Martin)

The Coast Guard intercepted hundreds of migrants in overcrowded boats headed toward the United States over the weekend.

In total, 305 people fleeing the Bahamas and Haiti were busted for unlawful maritime migration attempts during Operation Vigilant Sentry and rescued from unsafe vessels and returned to their countries.

The major operation last week came on the heels of President Biden’s controversial and hotly debated immigration policy, enacted June 4, that bars asylum for migrants who illegally enter the U.S. by land or sea.

“Irregular maritime migration is unlawful and extremely dangerous,” Coast Guard Enforcement Officer Lt. Nick Fujimoto said in a statement Tuesday. “The OVS maritime border security mission is often equal parts law enforcement and humanitarian response, especially as we enter hurricane season and marine weather becomes more severe and unpredictable.”

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Thetis brought 196 people back to the war-torn country of Haiti on Monday after intercepting two migrant voyage last Wednesday and Thursday.

The other 109 migrants were intercepted by crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans and Cutter Richard Etheridge and handed to the Royal Bahamas Defense Force on Sunday.

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