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Over 300 migrants landed at a national park in Florida over the weekend

Dry Tortugas National Park was closed to make room for local officials to aid migrants

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A group of Cuban migrants stand in the sun on the side of U.S. 1 in the Middle Keys island of Duck Key, Fla.

A group of Cuban migrants stand in the sun on the side of U.S. 1 in the Middle Keys island of Duck Key, Fla., on Monday Jan. 2, 2023.

Pedro Portal, Miami Herald via Associated Press

Over 500 migrants landed boats on Florida soil this weekend seeking asylum, and it's reportedly overwhelming local officials, according to the Miami Herald.

Around 300 people arrived at Dry Tortugas National Park, a group of islands 70 miles west of Key West, that usually requires a ferry to access.

One Twitter user who claimed to be a park visitor posted a video of one group landing with cheers on New Year’s Day.

As announced on the park’s website, Dry Tortugas was closed to visitors on Monday as local officials worked to provide care for the migrants, who they say mostly came from Cuba.

Named for the many sea turtles found there — or “tortugas” in Spanish — the island cluster’s name includes “dry” because of its lack of fresh water, per the national park’s website.

Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay said that dispatchers are overwhelmed as floods of calls are made to report the new arrivals, as reported by ABC affiliate WPLG.

Ramsay called the situation a “humanitarian crisis” brought upon by “federal failure,” as reported by the Miami Herald.

“This shows a lack of a working plan by the federal government to deal with a mass migration issue that was foreseeable,” Ramsay said, per the Miami Herald.

The park will remain closed for a few days until the situation is under control and the migrants are settled elsewhere, park officials told WPLG.