The Cuban exodus is “largest and most intense” since 1959, experts say

MIAMI – More and more Cubans are risking their lives at sea to get to the United States.

Michael Bustamante, a historian at the University of Miami, and Andy Gomez, an expert on post-Fidel Castro Cuba, said there is an ongoing immigration crisis that is largely ignored.

“It’s definitely the largest and most intense emigration,” Bustamante said of comparative data on Cuban immigration since 1959.

Migrants wait in a fishing boat about 10 miles south of Key Colony Beach on August 13, 2022. The Coast Guard repatriated the Cuban migrants on August 16. (coast guard)

US Customs and Border Protection latest data shows that there have been nearly 177,850 encounters with Cuban migrants nationwide since October. It’s a sharp increase from the nearly 53,320 Cuban migrants intercepted in fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

“18 Cuban migrants were admitted #border patrol taken into custody today after ending up on a wooden ship in the Marquesas Keys, an uninhabited island west of Key West. The migrants were stranded on an island and rescued by @USCGSoutheast“, Walter N. Slosa, Chief Patrol Agent of the US Border Patrol wrote on Twitter Wednesday.

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The latest U.S. Coast Guard data also shows that crews have intercepted nearly 4,000 Cuban migrants at sea since October, when they had just intercepted about 890 in fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

On August 14, 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Navy Operations flight crew alerted Key West Sector Guards to this fishing boat about 30 miles south of Long Key, Florida. The Coast Guard repatriated the Cuban migrants on August 16. (coast guard)

Gomez said the Cuban exodus was predictable amid the island’s economic crisis. He said the policies of Cuban government officials encourage exodus and that shouldn’t come as a surprise as they have done so before.

“That’s fewer people to worry about,” Gomez said, referring to the budget for food, housing, health care and more.

After Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega lifted visa requirements for Cubans late last year, he made it easier for Cuban migrants to fly from Havana to Managua to begin their journey to the US-Mexico border.

A Good Samaritan notified Key West Sector Guards on August 3, 2022 of this rustic vessel about 7 miles south of Key West, Florida. The Coast Guard repatriated the Cuban migrants on August 5, 2022. (coast guard)

Alain Lambert, better known on social media as Paparazzi Cubano, is among the migrants who fled Cuba through Central America after taking part in anti-government protests on July 11, 2021.

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Lambert reported on Facebook that he crossed the US-Mexico border through the Río Bravo and flew to South Florida with his daughter, wife and brother. He visited Versailles on Tuesday in Miami’s Little Havana.

“Young people no longer believe in this dictatorship,” said Lambert said in Spanish.

A Good Samaritan informed Key West Sector Guards of this rustic vessel about 5 miles south of Key Colony Beach, Fla., August 2, 2022. The Cuban migrants were repatriated on August 5, 2022. (coast guard)

A look at the data

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US Customs and Border Protection data on encounters with Cuban migrants.

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Associated social media (Spanish)

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Sarah Y. Kim

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