U.S. Coast Guard rescues 176 Haitians from sailboat near Florida | Immigration News

The Haitian national was headed off the coast of Florida on a crowded, “unseaworthy” vessel, the Coast Guard said.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 176 Haitians from an overloaded, unseaworthy vessel as it approached the coast of Florida, officials said Monday night, while fleeing the crisis-hit state. Haitians in the Caribbean countries have increased dramatically.

Rescue efforts began Monday after U.S. border and maritime officials spotted the 18-meter (60-foot) vessel about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of the Bahamas, the Coast Guard said in a statement. statement.

Chief Warrant Officer James Kinney said: “It is extremely dangerous to navigate the Florida Strait on an unseaworthy vessel, especially around the Florida Keys, where the water is particularly dangerous, with shoals and coral reefs.”

“Thanks to the rapid coordination between so many different agencies, no one has been killed during this lockdown.”

After providing personal flotation equipment to those on board who did not have basic lifesaving equipment or navigation lights, the crew worked with federal, state and local law enforcement to detain those people, officials said.

Ten people were taken to hospital with symptoms of dehydration.

The rescue comes amid a marked increase in immigration from Haiti, which has suffered a series of crises In recent months, including the July assassination President Joffnell Moyes.

Haiti suffered a devastating blow in August earthquake Killed more than 2,000 people and destroyed homes in the southwest of the country.

The country has also been suffering from paralysis fuel shortage This began in October after a coalition of gangs blocked access to fuel terminals, forcing some businesses and hospitals to partially or completely close.

Meanwhile, the Haitian Senate reconvened on Monday for the first time in a year with only a handful of lawmakers present.

The 30-member Senate currently has just 10 members as the country failed to hold legislative elections scheduled for October 2019. The vote was later postponed several times after Moyes was killed.

Of the 10 members of the Senate, only about seven were in attendance on Monday.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry Has promised to hold general elections this year, but he did not provide a date – leading figures in Haitian civil society have already criticize The push for elections comes amid widespread violence and instability in the country.

In the past three months, it has repatriated 557 Haitians, a sharp increase from the previous fiscal year, when 1,527 Haitians were rescued late last year, U.S. Coast Guard statistics show.

The agency said 418 Haitians were rescued in 2020.

In September, nearly 15,000 Haitians gathered under an international bridge in south Texas, near US-Mexico border, wishing to apply for asylum in the United States.But a Biden administration expel the vast majority in.

The United States deported more than 12,000 Haitians between September 19 and December 31 last year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN migration agency.

As U.S. continues to deport most Haitians Pandemic-era rules This allows border officials to quickly deport migrants without processing their asylum claims, many trapped in Mexico.

last month, Mexico’s National Institute for Migration (INM) recorded a more than seven-fold increase in the number of Haitians applying for asylum in Mexico, from 5,935 in all of 2020 to 47,494 in the January-November 2021 period.