US Plans Increase In Legal Migration From Cuba

UNITED States officials in Washington say they aim to nudge legal immigration by Cubans up to an annual figure of over 20,000 at talks with Cuba today in New York, in a bid to halt the flow of Cuban rafters. Although the figure has been 20,000 since 1984, only about 2,700 Cubans were allowed to immigrate last year.

About 19,000 Cubans have been rescued at sea by US ships since early August. Between 1983 and 1993, 9,513 fleeing Cubans were rescued. In 1980, Mariel boatlift brought in 125,000.

There were over 16,000 Cubans in tent camps yesterday at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay in southern Cuba, and others on ships headed there. By contrast, there are 14,308 Haitians at separate tent camps at Guantanamo. Panama and Honduras have agreed to provide safe havens for total of 15,000 Cuban refugees, while the Turks and Caicos Islands, a British dependency north of Haiti, said it would take up to 2,000.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK