Cuban Migration Continues to Rise, Many Arriving on Florida Coast

Ft. Lauderdale, FL- With travel restrictions lifted, more and more Cubans are entering the U.S. and while some are coming via air or land, many are still making the perilous journey across the Atlantic on makeshift vessels.

New federal data shows that in the fiscal year ending on September 30th, 25,000 Cubans arrived in the U.S., According to the Christian Science Monitor, that is double the number of Cubans who entered came to the states in 2012 and triple the number who arrived in 2011.

Combining the figures of Cubans, who enter with visas issued by the U.S., those who gained lawful entry but overstayed their visas and those individuals who enter without a visa, federal authorities estimate that roughly 50,000 Cubans migrate to the U.S. each year.

The rise in Cuban migration is somewhat expected. In January of 2013, Cuba lifted travel restrictions allowing citizens to travel freely between the U.S. and Cuba. They are now allowed to travel with their children and are allowed to live outside Cuba for 24 months or less without losing their citizenship or property. Those changes were seen as positive change that would keep Cuban citizens from fleeing their country to pursue more freedom and wealth in the U.S., but things haven’t quite turned out that way.

When announcing those changes, Raul Castro asked the U.S. to change a long-standing law that gives preferential treatment to Cuban dissidents. The 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act gave Cuban citizens facing oppression the permission to stay in the U.S. once they touched on American soil. Immigrants who remain in the U.S. for two years are allowed to seek citizenship.

Travel is easy for some Cubans who have the money to pay for a passports, visas and airline tickets, but changes to the Cuban economy have failed to trickle down to the countries less fortunate citizens. Cubans who can shell out the money for airfare, passports and visas are turning to a different method of migration; they are making the journey to America across dangerous waters on shoddy rafts.

While Cuban migration via rafts hasn’t reached epic levels seen in the 90s, it had been steadily decreasing or remaining stable until recently. In 2011, the Coast Guard apprehended 1,000 people making the trip to the Florida Coast but that number has grown. Last year, the Coast Guard apprehended 3,722 Cubans traversing the ocean.

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