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MIAMI - Exodus of Cubans Falling
Exodus of Cubans Falling
Number of Cubans entering the U.S. via smuggling vessels or across the U.S.-Mexico border is down more than 50%
The Miami Herald reports today that the number of Cubans leaving the island illegally has fallen dramatically from highs three years ago. Fewer than 7,000 Cubans tried leaving by sea in smuggling vessels to Florida, or over the U.S.-Mexico border, the paper reports. That is a major drop from almost 20,000 in 2007. This is attributed to several factors. The recession in the U.S. has meant less money to pay for migrant smuggling, increased prosecution of smugglers and tougher Mexican immigration rules, the newspaper says. The newspaper neglects to mention that accelerated processing of immigration applications at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana may also have had an impact. Despite the absence of formal diplomatic relations, U.S.-Cuba cooperation over consular matters has improved in recent years, officials tell PODER.