The Nationwide Park Service (NPS) closed a park within the Florida Keys on Monday after about 300 migrants arrived there over the weekend.
The short-term shutdown at Dry Tortugas Nationwide Park, about 70 miles from Key West, Fla., might stretch via the week as police and emergency responders help the migrants, park officers stated.
“The closure, which is anticipated to final a number of days, is critical for the security of tourists and workers due to the sources and area wanted to take care of the migrants,” the NPS stated in a Monday assertion.
Throughout your entire Florida Keys, no less than 500 migrants arrived over the vacation weekend. The latest wave of migration is being spurred by financial turmoil in Cuba and different elements of the Caribbean.
Amongst that whole, the NPS stated roughly 300 migrants arrived by boat and landed on islands positioned inside Dry Tortugas Nationwide Park.
Park officers are offering meals, water and medical consideration to the migrants till authorities with the Division of Homeland Safety take over their circumstances.
In Monroe County, which encompasses Key West, Sheriff Rick Ramsay stated the U.S. Border Patrol wouldn’t reply with sources for some migrant landings till Tuesday, which he stated was aggravating a “mass migration disaster” on the islands.
“This reveals an absence of a working plan by the federal authorities to cope with a mass migration situation that was foreseeable,” Ramsay stated in a Fb assertion.
The newest wave of migrant boat landings within the Florida Keys is without doubt one of the largest encounters the U.S. Border Patrol and the Coast Guard have confronted within the area in nearly a decade.
In South Florida, Border Patrol brokers have taken greater than 2,000 migrants, principally from Cuba, into custody since Oct. 1, in keeping with native radio station WLRN.
The Related Press contributed to this report.