20230118 State of Florida Issues Updates on Increased Mass Migration Monitoring Along the Florida Coastline

1/18/2023

On August 21, 2022, the Homeland Security Task Force Southeast (HSTF-SE) transitioned from Phase 1a: Steady State and Surge  – Preparation to Phase 1b: Steady State and Surge – Prevention in support of Operation Vigilant Sentry (OVS). The Florida Division of Emergency Management has remained an active member of this Task Force in support of their objectives to prevent loss of life at sea and to deter maritime migration.

On January 6, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed EO 23-03 declaring a State of Emergency in response to the surge in migration along Florida’s coastline.

Currently, the Florida Division of Emergency Management is working in tandem with the Florida National Guard, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Highway Patrol to increase coastal vigilance and provide improved situational awareness on migrant activities.

State actions include:

Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM)

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20230113 State of Florida Issues Updates on Increased Mass Migration Monitoring Along the Florida Coastline

1/13/2023

As of January 13, 2023, more than 5,200 migrants have been accounted for from 306 landings. Additionally, approximately 8,400 migrants interdicted at sea have been repatriated. A total of 40 vessels have been removed from the Dry Tortugas and the Lower Keys and an additional 250 vessels have been identified for removal. Due to inclement weather conditions, no additional vessels are currently scheduled for removal in the Dry Tortugas this weekend.

The Homeland Security Task Force Southeast (HSTF-SE) transitioned from Phase 1a: Steady State and Surge – Preparation to Phase 1b: Steady State and Surge – Prevention in support of Operation Vigilant Sentry (OVS) on August 21, 2022. The Division has remained an active member of this Task Force in support of their objectives to prevent loss of life at sea and to deter maritime migration.

On January 6, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed EO 23-03 declaring a State

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