Cubans who manage to set foot on US soil are allowed to stay. That partly reflects the political power of Cuban Americans in Florida. But this rule is a relic of the Cold War when escapees from communist Cuba were seen as great public relations for free America against the communist Soviet bloc. Cubans are increasingly using voyages to Mexico as a way to make it onto American soil.
Statistics make clear that Cubans now believe the route, although considerably longer, boosts their odds of reaching Miami. Almost twice as many Cubans - 11,487 - used it as in 2005.
By comparison, during the same time, the coast guard intercepted just 2,861 Cubans crossing the Florida Straits, and 4,825 others eluded American authorities and the applied for political asylum in the United States, according to the coast guard.
The figures indicate a spike in migration from the island, which in fiscal 2007 was at its highest level since 35,000 Cubans left in a mass exodus in 1994.
We ought to repeal the law that grants automatic asylum to Cubans. If they want to live in freedom they should rise up and overthrow their own government.
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2007 October 20 08:43 AM Immigration Demographics|