Record number of 1,500 Cubans detained at U.S./Mexico border in a single day

From our Bureau of Utter Desperation in Hell and Total Chaos at the U.S. Border

The numbers keep increasing. Thousands of Cubans are flocking to the southern border of the U.S., hoping they’ll be granted asylum. Most of these Cubans get to Mexico by flying to Panama and Nicaragua, which don’t require visas.

Naturally, one must assume that in order to pay for the very expensive airfare, they are relying on remittances from relatives who are already abroad,

If Cubans continue to cross into the U.S. through Mexico at this same rate (1,500 X 276 days remaining in 2022), then the U.S. will be taking in a total of 414,000 additional Cubans by the end of this year. And this figure only takes into account those Cubans who get detained at the border. No one knows for sure how many more sneak into the U.S. undetected.

Ay, Mami…. This figure would nearly equal the entire current population of the city of Miami (excluding Dade County), which is 442,241 according to the 2020 census.

Loosely translated from CiberCuba

The number of Cubans detained crossing the US border set a record of 1,500 for a single day this Monday, reported the head of the Border Patrol, Raúl L. Ortiz.

At a Border Security briefing in San Antonio, Texas, the official said Tuesday that about 7,000 migrants are apprehended daily trying to cross the border from Mexico, up from the daily average of 5,900 in February.

In the case of some countries such as Cuba, a significant escalation is observed, he stressed.

Ortiz said 1,500 Cubans were detained Monday at border crossings, more than double the daily average since February.

Since March 2020, the United States has used a public health order intended to limit the spread of COVID-19 to expel more than 1.7 million immigrants and deny them the ability to apply for asylum. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to decide this week whether to extend Title 42, named for a 1944 public health law, the AP news agency said.

However, the media reported, some immigrants from countries like Cuba have continued to be released to apply for asylum because costs and diplomatic challenges prevent Washington from sending them home.

For its part, given the high demand for income in the country, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service stated that it has around 21,000 detention beds available, but these could be filled with new migrants in a single weekend, so he is reconsidering home confinement and other alternatives.

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