Florida National Park Closes After Hundreds of Migrants Arrive by Boat
The National Park Service closed Dry Tortugas National Park near the Florida Keys after roughly 300 migrants from Cuba arrived there over the weekend.
The Details: The NPS closed the park to public access Monday after the arrivals, which are reportedly becoming more common. Nearly 200 more migrants arrived in different parts of the Keys over the weekend, and others were rescued by passing cruise ships. Multiple photos showed small boats used by the migrants for the 100-plus mile trip from Cuba to the Keys.
Key Quotes: The migrants "will be removed, provided food, water & basic first aid before transfer to federal agents in the Keys for processing to determine their legal status," said Rear Adm. Brendan C. McPherson, director of Homeland Security Task Force - Southeast. "The closure, which is expected to last several days, is necessary for the safety of visitors and staff because of the resources and space needed to attend to the migrants," the NPS said. "This shows a lack of a working plan by the federal government to deal with a mass migration issue that was foreseeable," Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay said.
How the Media Covered It: The news was a bigger story from right-rated sources than from left- and center-rated sources. Some right-rated sources highlighted the county sheriff's criticisms of the Biden administration's handling of the situation. Others framed the story in the context of the ongoing border crisis.
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The U.S. National Park Service has closed Dry Tortugas National Park in the Florida Keys after hundreds of migrants arrived on the islands over the New Year's weekend.
The NPS temporarily closed the park to public access on Monday morning after an estimated 300 migrants landed in the park, according to a news release. It said the park has seen an increase in people arriving by boat from Cuba.
"The closure, which is expected to last several days, is necessary for the safety of visitors and staff because of the resources...