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Video: 100+ migrants reach FL by sea, Sen. Rubio shows

In a photo posted to Twitter by U.S. Coast Guard Southeast, a boat the U.S. Coast Guard said carried 189 Haitians in bad weather Saturday, March 19, 2022. (U.S. Coast Guard Southeast/TNS)
February 13, 2023

Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) blasted President Joe Biden on Twitter last week for this handling of the illegal immigration crisis and shared a video of more than 100 migrants arriving by boat in the Florida Keys.

“On Tuesday night Biden bragged about how his new border plan announced last month has already cut migration from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua & Venezuela ‘by 97%’ But here is a video sent to me of over 100 migrants arriving this morning in the Florida Keys,” Rubio tweeted.

The video shows what appears to be well over 100 people getting off a sinking ship and swimming and running to shore while being filmed by onlookers. The incident allegedly occurred somewhere in the Florida keys.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis activated the National Guard last month to handle the massive influx of illegal immigrants arriving by sea.

“As the negative impacts of Biden’s lawless immigration policies continue unabated, the burden of the Biden administration’s failure falls on local law enforcement who lack the recourse to deal with the crisis.” DeSantis said in a statement at the time. “That is why I am activating the National Guard and directing state resources to help alleviate strain on local resources. When Biden continues to ignore his legal responsibilities,  we will step in to support our communities.”

Like Rubio, DeSantis also expressed displeasure with the Biden administration’s handling of illegal immigration, calling it “inept” and that it “failed to provide the resources to respond to the current mass migration event.”