Miami Border Patrol Sector Breaks Annual Migrant Apprehension Record in Four Months

by BOB PRICE 2 Feb 2023

The border crisis expanded to Florida in recent months as officials in the Miami Sector report a massive increase in migrant landings. During the first four months of FY23, Miami Sector agents encountered more migrants than for the entire FY22.

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz tweeted that since the new fiscal year began on October 1, 2022, Miami Sector agents apprehended more than 4,400 migrants who landed on the Florida coast. This is more than the 4,009 migrants apprehended in this sector for all of the previous fiscal year.

Chief Raul Ortiz

Since Oct. 1, agents have responded to 246 migrant landings and encountered over 4,400 migrants in Miami Sector. We have increased personnel and continue to partner with Federal, State, and local agencies to deter, detect, and interdict these illegal maritime attempts in Florida.

11:04 AM · Feb 1, 2023

The surge began in August 2022 when Miami Sector agents apprehended 1,049 migrants. This single-month total represented 26 percent of the entire year’s total of 4,009 migrants.

During just the past six months, Miami Sector agents encountered nearly 6,000 migrants who made landfall along the Florida coastline.

These numbers do not include the thousands of migrants apprehended at sea by U.S. Coast Guard crews and U.S. Customs and Border Protection marine units.


#Yesterday, @DHSgov@SecMayorkas, @USCGLANTAREA VADM Lunday & @USCGSoutheast RADM McPherson visited Base Miami Beach, Sector Miami, Station Miami Beach & @USCG Cutter Richard Etheridge’s crews to discuss the ongoing support to Operation Vigilant Sentry & saving lives at sea.

7:16 PM · Jan 31, 2023

The day after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas visited the Miami Sector and met with Border Patrol and Coast Guard officials, crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore carried out three migrant interdiction operations off the Florida coast. The interdictions resulted in the repatriation of 50 Cuban nationals to their home country.


#BREAKING: @USCG Cutter Kathleen Moore's crew
repatriated 50 Cubans to Cabanas,
#Cuba, Tues. following
3 interdictions off Florida's coast.

"Taking to the sea in unsafe and unseaworthy vessel
scan cause you to lose your life." - PA3 Estrada, D7


12:14 PM · Jan 31, 2023

The trend continued on February 1 when CBP Air and Marine Operations crews teamed up with Miami Sector Border Patrol agents and U.S. Coast Guard — Southeast crews to interdict a small sailboat with 23 Haitian migrants onboard. Officials arrested a suspected human smuggler who was turned over to Border Patrol agents for processing and prosecution.

CBP AMO Regional Director SE

Sailboat smuggling..!! Yesterday, @CBPAMORegDirSE
agents, along with partners from
@USBPChiefMIP and
@USCGSoutheast interdicted this vessel near Lake Worth
and encountered 23 migrants from Haiti. One suspected
smuggler was arrested and will be prosecuted by

9:01 AM · Feb 1, 2023

That same day, Miami Sector agents and other law enforcement partners stopped a human smuggling incident in Miami where six migrants from three countries were loaded into a small boat.

Chief Patrol Agent Walter N. Slosar

Miami, FL: Earlier today, U.S. Border Patrol agents & LE partners responded to a maritime smuggling event & encountered 6 migrants of mixed nationalities (3- China, 1- Haiti, 2- Dominican Republic). Event is under investigation.


9:17 AM · Feb 1, 2023