Authorities in Florida in recent weeks, a growing number of undocumented Cubans and Haitians arriving by sea have been returned as more seek asylum in the United States.

Local residents of the US on jet skis helped some migrants who were trying to swim ashore after difficult and life-threatening multi-day journeys in homemade boats.

Joe Biden turn to the center The immigration issue comes as Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tries to craft his own strategy to deal with a difficult situation in his state’s south. calling for National Guard troops in a tough approach.

Last Thursday, the US Coast Guard returned another 177 Cuban migrants to their island nation, while scores of Haitians who washed ashore in Miami were taken into custody by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The Coast Guard says it has intercepted and returned more than 4,900 Cubans to sea since Oct. 1, compared with about 6,100 in the 12 months to Sept. 30.

DeSantis, who is seen as a likely contender for his party’s 2024 presidential nomination, has blamed the White House over Biden’s immigration policies, which he says are “lawless” and open borders.

The Biden administration responded by accusing DeSantis of “making a mockery” of the immigration system by staging his own series of political stunts, including last year’s episode when he sent a planeload of mostly Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Massachusetts. at the expense of Florida taxpayers.

Governor under criminal investigation in Texas and defending a separate claim over the flight, and another to Biden’s home state of Delaware that was canceled and reportedly involved a covert operatives associated with DeSantis recruiting migrants to motels in San Antonio with false promises of housing and work.

About the latest incidents of migrants trying to land in southern Florida, WPLG reports Spotted Miami City Marine Jet Skis rescuing at least two people found floating in the ocean, and CBP spokesman Michael Selva said beachgoers on Virginia Key helped others get ashore Thursday using small boats and jet skis.

Two days earlier another group of about 25 people landed near Fort Lauderdale. The authorities arrested 12, while the others escaped.

A growing number of people are risking their lives to reach the US, despite tougher measures policies of the Biden administration aimed at curbing illegal immigration and increasing humanitarian aid visa numbers for Cubansand others to enter legally – but with a high bar of entry out of reach for many of the thousands of people fleeing threats to their livelihoods, including extreme violence, political oppression, severe poverty and hardship exacerbated by the climate crisis or failed states.

Biden responded to voices from conservatives within the Democratic Party and Republicans calling for a tougher stance. But critics say the president is new “whip and gingerbread” approach.tackling undocumented immigration while offering the olive branch of more visas creates obstacles that most migrants would struggle to overcome.

The White House says up to 30,000 people a month Haiti, CubaNicaragua and Venezuela will be admitted to the US, but only if they apply online, pay for their own airfare and find a financial sponsor.

Writing in the Guardian last week, Mustafa Bayoumi, an immigration author and professor of English at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, said that Biden was “throw migrants under the bus“.

“This program is obviously designed for those with wealth and connections in the US, and it’s hard to imagine it being pointless for those forced to flee without money or planning,” he said.

DeSantis, seeking political capital from the president, who many expect will run for the White House in 2024, accused Biden of not providing enough federal funds in response to the arrival in Florida and adding to the burden on local law enforcement.

Meanwhile, the effects of the recent increase in attempted migrant landings are still being felt in South Florida. Dry Tortugas National Park, near the Florida Keys, has just reopened after being converted to a makeshift processing center for hundreds of people earlier this month.

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