Cubans Arriving at US-Mexican Border in Record Numbers

Cuban migrants are arriving at the US-Mexico border in record numbers and could reach a remarkable level at the end of the year. 

Last March, the US custody took more than 32,000 Cubans along the Mexico border, doubling the number who arrived in February.

According to the recent US Customs and Border Protection statistics, 47,000 Cubans arrived at the US-Mexico border between October 2021 to February 2022. That number is more extensive than the 39,303 Cubans who came in the entire 2021, a figure that already marked a steep increase over previous years.

Senior officials from the US Department of Homeland Security said they cannot deport Cubans because their government refuses to take them back. 

However, the Cuban government blamed the US for the spike in migration.

The Cuban government said that the ongoing economic sanctions and the closure of the Havana embassy’s consular section only encourage Cubans to seek alternative forms of migration.

Joana Tablada, the deputy director for US affairs at the Cuban Foreign Ministry called the US policy toward Cuba ‘inhumane, insensitive, dishonest, extremely cruel, and illegal’.

“The closure of the consular services has affected families in Cuba and the United States,” Tablada said. 

CBP expects to apprehend more than 155,000 Cubans during the current year, almost four times the 2021 total record and a twelvefold rise over 2020.

The US has said it will resume issuing some immigrant visas beginning in May 2022.

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