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Pricey Secretary Mayorkas:
I write with nice concern for communities in Florida whose sources have been overwhelmed by the continued inflow of migrant landings, particularly alongside the shores of the Florida Keys in Monroe County. Since December 30, 2022, greater than 200 Haitians and 500 Cubans have made it to Florida’s shores. On account of this surge, Dry Tortugas Nationwide Park was compelled to shut and a worsening humanitarian disaster continues to unfold – one that is still largely ignored by the Biden Administration.
This case is the predictable results of this administration’s open border insurance policies, the place in consequence, migrants danger their lives on makeshift boats. That message has been complimented by lax border safety measures and weak enforcement of our immigration legal guidelines. In Cuba, the Biden Administration continues to gloss over the regime’s abuse of political prisoners, its denial of fundamental human rights, and its failure to conduct free and honest elections. These insurance policies, amongst others, have undeniably contributed to the rise of migrants arriving in the USA.
The info paints a transparent image thus far. Underneath this administration, the variety of Cuban migrants interdicted by the U.S. Coast Guard close to South Florida has surged from solely 49 in 2020, to six,182 for all the fiscal 12 months of 2022 – a file that can quickly be eclipsed by the greater than 4,000 Cuban migrants which have already been interdicted in simply the three months since October 1, 2022. Unsurprisingly, the variety of Haitian migrants interdicted by the Coast Guard close to South Florida has additionally skyrocketed from 418 in 2020, to greater than 7,000 in 2022. These numbers exhibit an unmistakable development of a worsening disaster that necessitates federal sources be deployed urgently and adequately. If they don’t seem to be, Florida’s communities and their restricted sources will proceed to bear the brunt of dealing with an unprecedented variety of migrant landings and face the actual penalties of failed immigration insurance policies.
When migrants arrive, state governments, native communities, and different emergency personnel should spend beneficial time, labor, and sources to supply medical care, personnel processing, and different important house to take care of a whole lot of migrants that land unannounced and demand instant consideration. This diversion of sources hamstrings native and state efforts to help People in want of assist. That isn’t proper. The federal authorities is liable for implementing our immigration legal guidelines. This administration can now not afford to abdicate its position. With these considerations in thoughts, I request solutions to the next questions:
1. What technique does the administration have in place, if any, to deal with the surge of migrants overwhelming South Florida and the Florida Keys?
a. Do you anticipate the marked improve in migrants arriving to proceed? If no, why?
2. Will you decide to offering extra manpower and sources to the State of Florida to deal with the rise in migrant landings?
3. Will you coordinate with state and native officers to reimburse sources which have been expended whereas caring for migrants in Florida?
4. Right this moment, your administration introduced new immigration protocols. In that announcement, please establish what particular measures, if any, that the administration believes will present extra help to the overwhelmed communities in Florida and scale back related maritime landings sooner or later.
Thanks to your consideration to this severe matter. I stay up for your response.