How well are Raul Castro’s reforms in Cuba working? Ask the U.S. Coast Guard.
In fiscal year 2012, there has been a rise in the number of Cubans attempting to escape the island prison and intercepted at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard. Thanks to the Clinton administration's "wet foot/dry foot" immigration policy, the U.S. Coast Guard has apparently become the de facto border patrol for the Cuban dictatorship. As part of an agreement with the Castro regime, Coast Guard cutters patrol the Florida Straits regularly searching for and returning escaped Cuban refugees, relieving the Cuban dictatorship from having to employ expensive resources to guard their borders.
The report from El Nuevo Herald (my translation):
The number of Cubans detained in the Florida Straits continues to increase
U.S. Coast Guard cutters continue repatriating Cubans while the number of immigrants intercepted on the high seas continues to increase.
Less than six months have passed since the beginning of fiscal year 2012, which began on October 1st, and U.S. cutters have already detained 448 Cubans in the Florida Straits, almost half the total intercepted in 2011 and higher than all of 2010.
At the current rate, it is estimated that the total number intercepted will possibly exceed the total for the previous fiscal year, which was 985.