Florida Boaters Reportedly Planning Flotilla To Cuba – DHS Warns They Could Face Prison Time

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued an advisory to any boaters in South Florida planning to take part in a flotilla supporting freedom for the Cuban people, noting they could face hefty fines or prison time if they cross into that country’s waters.

“It is illegal for boaters to depart with the intent to travel to Cuba for any purpose without a permit,” a boating advisory issued Thursday reads in bold block letters.

It goes on to warn that and “vessels or persons” which enter “Cuban territorial waters” would be subject to their boat being seized as well as the potential for civil and criminal fines of up to $25,000 per day “and 10 years in prison.”

The advisory adds that anyone violating U.S. immigration law by bringing foreign nationals back into the country could face fines of up to $250,000 a day and five years in prison.

The flotilla for boaters in South Florida was planned for early this week but has since been pushed back to Thursday. Organizers hope to see over 100 boats take part.

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DHS: Don’t Cross Into Or Bring People Out Of Cuban Territory

An organizer for the flotilla said the participants planned to go to international waters near the island, but not cross into Cuban waters.

“The purpose is to stay on the border, not trespassing, stay in international water and just let the Cuban people know we’re also fighting for their freedom, so once and for all they can be a free country,” one person planning to make the trip told CBS Miami.

But DHS wants to make sure the Floridians know they mean business when it comes to illegally crossing borders, threatening fines and jail time.

They also, The Hill reports, wanted to gently remind those supporting freedom in Cuba that “boaters may be put in danger by taking to the sea, especially with the potential for strong winds and waves during hurricane season.”

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Biden Admin Doesn’t Want Cubans To Come To America

Last week, as demonstrators took to the streets of Cuba to protest against the Communist regime, DHS vowed they would not provide refuge to those seeking to escape, even, as CBS reports, “if they demonstrate fear of being persecuted or tortured.”

“Allow me to be clear: if you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, himself a Cuban immigrant, threatened.

News of the DHS crackdown on support for Cuban refugees prompted Senator Ted Cruz to jab, “The only immigrants Joe Biden and Kamala Harris don’t want to come to America are Cubans.”

Some of the largest anti-government protests in decades filled the streets last week with people shouting “liberty” and “yes we can” and waving American flags as they object to conditions created by the oppressive communist regime.

While DHS was warning of crossing into Cuban territory, Senator Cruz (R-TX) was actively suggesting at least two people make the journey.

“The thing that liberals never seem to understand if you go down to Key West is the rafts are only going in one direction,” Cruz said during a recent speech.

“Just once I want to see some left-wing socialist — I want to see Bernie Sanders, I want to see Elizabeth Warren, I want to see AOC go down to Key West, get on a raft, and sail 90 miles south to the socialist paradise,” he added.

Who among us would be willing to pay those fines?


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Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • And yet at our Southern border, they are coming in like rats from a sinking ship. How about some consistency?

  • Why is Biden and Harris not being fined and put in jail for bringing illegal aliens into the USA???? Why are the democrats not being fined and jailed for brining the illegals aliens. Into the USA???? Why are everyone who are helping the illegals at the southern boarders not being fined and jailed???? Why does DHS rules only apply to the Cuban????? This is a bunch BS!!!!!!

  • The dems don't want Cubans because they love the commi dictatorship and bringing here shows the Castro commie regime is a massive failure.

  • Trump had a policy, that was working. Your pal blow hole Joe blew it. As for Cubans, the reason the a--wipe in the WH doesn't like them is, they usually vote republican, and the drooling fool knows that.

  • I wonder how many times a day the site moderator is on his/her knees in front of blow hole Joe.

  • The whole biden administration is racist, unethical, power grubbing hypocrites and are all fools with an average IQ of 2.

  • Isn't it just like the fascist democrat regime to threaten Americans who would help people escape communism and bloodthirsty dictators? But go down below the southern border and give them joey T-shirts and make them pose for fake pictures, getting them lawyers and helping them comer across is an entirely acceptable and different situation. We all know that they do not want Cubans because they vote more to the right while their favorites, hispanics, vote more center left.

  • Biden and Harris are bringing foreign nationals into America from Mexico .... when will THEY GO TO PRISON, AND WHAT DAY DID THEIR FINES START!

  • Apart from the non existent Border Policy, the combination of proposed action on DACA and Green Card people, will add 20,000,000+ potentially grateful new Dem's, to the Voter Roll. 
    (Mainly Spanish speakers from cultures that could not make it!)
    It is difficult to see if there will ever be another Republican Administration.
    These people come from Cultures that are incapable of creating those things that make the USA attractive.
    Diluting what that magic ingredient is, will put the country on a glide path to Crash and Burn! (Well, maybe smolder!)
    The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. 1776 to 1965.

  • Mayorkas is evil. His family came from Cuba when he was about 1 yr old. How many of his family members would love to come to America? The only reason why he doesn't want his people to come to America is because they will vote for Trump. He's punishing the Cubans for supporting Trump.
    Also this guy dyes his eyebrows.

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