Key West International Airport personnel examine an ultralight aircraft that landed illegally at the airport carrying two Cuban men, in Key West, Fla., on March 25, 2023. (Monroe County Sheriff’s Office /the Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
KEY WEST, Fla.—Two Cuban migrants used a motorized hang glider to fly the approximately 90 miles (145 kilometers) from the communist island to Key West on Saturday, Florida officials said.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said the duo landed safely at Key West International Airport at about 10:30 a.m. and were turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol.
Border Patrol officials in South Florida did not answer a phone call Saturday seeking comment.
Overwhelmed by Cubans and other illegal migrants arriving at the Mexican border and into Florida by boat, the Biden administration in early January implemented a policy change that makes them request a permit, or parole, online before arriving with the sponsorship of a relative or acquaintance in the United States.
Those who arrive without doing that risk deportation.