BY CHRIS TITTEL
A 32-foot go-fast boat delivered 38 Cuban migrants to U.S. shores early Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.
At 3:30 a.m., Border Patrol officers were alerted that migrants had landed near Mile Marker 37 on Bahia Honda Key. All 38 were reportedly in good condition.
Spokesman Steve McDonald said the group was being taken to the Border Patrol facility in Pembroke Pines for processing on Tuesday afternoon.
It was the fourth reported landing of Cuban migrants on U.S. shores in the new year, McDonald said. On Sunday, 22 migrants arrived in separate landings in the Marquesas and the Dry Tortugas. A total of 31 more migrants landed in the Marquesas the following day. Authorities are investigating whether the three landings were made on go-fast boats, which smugglers typically use to transport migrants, or other kinds of vessels. All migrants in the four landings reached U.S. soil and, under the “wet foot, dry-foot” policy, can remain in the United States.
McDonald said it’s not unusual to see so many migrants land in the Keys in such a short period of time.
“The flat seas at this time of year are often exploited by smugglers and migrants,” he said.