Yeah, and wait till King Raul’s new migration “reforms” are launched.
From Univision/ABC News:
Number of Cubans Entering the U.S. Through Mexico Up 400 Percent
By ESTEBAN ROMAN
Oct 19, 2012
The number of Cubans finding their way into the United States through Mexico is exploding, according to Mexican immigration records. So far this year, about 2,300 Cubans have been detained in Mexico on their way to the U.S. The number is expected to reach 3,500 by December. This is a 400 percent jump when compared to last year, when migratory stations tallied only 762 Cubans.
Cubans who reach American soil receive a different migratory status than other foreign citizens. However, getting into the United States is hard. Instead of risking their lives by going directly from Cuba to Florida on improvised boats, more Cubans are now traveling to countries that don’t ask them for a visa, like Ecuador. From there, they can safely reach the U.S.-Mexico border.
While it might seem that Cuba’s announcement on Tuesday to no longer ask its citizens to secure exit permits would further encourage Cubans to head north, that’s not likely.
According to Jaime Suchlicki, director of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami, there won’t be a significant change because countries such as Mexico or the U.S. won’t automatically shift their policies to allow more Cuban immigration. In other words, the number of available visas for them will remain the same. Currently, most Cubans travel to Ecuador because they can get a visa via the Ecuadorian embassy in Havana. Once in Ecuador, they travel through Mexico to get to the United States.
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