2007 October 20 Saturday
Cubans Coming To US For Asylum Via Mexico

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

Audacious Epigone said at October 21, 2007 3:38 AM:

And we should emphasize that by allowing those most attracted to freedom to be granted US residency through asylum, we're effectively draining the best chance of that uprising ever occuring.

Randall Parker said at October 21, 2007 8:39 AM:


What you say is at least partly true. I do not know how much of the flight from Cuba is motivated by a desire for freedom versus a desire for a higher living standard. Though the desire for a higher living standard might motivate people to revolt as well.

MT said at July 30, 2008 10:06 PM:

What really bothers me is how some Cubans who thru certain charity churches come to this country claiming political asylum. They get a resident card they go on welfare., they get all kinds of free benefits they never worked here or pay taxes and they go back to visit Cuba.
Yet the Cubans who came here , worked hard for many years retired and are on a fixed income, don't qualify for any free benefits and most cannot travel even within the US.
I think something is wrong with this picture. If you left Cuba
you should not go back especially if your free loafing of here, ...how can you take a plane {expensive} to a country who you left because of basic human rights.
Please someone explain this to me!!!

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