More Cubans making dangerous crossing to America amid worsening economic crisis, says US Coast Guard


Cubans are attempting to cross to the United States in increasing numbers, according to the US Coast Guard, as the country’s economic situation deteriorates.

Officials from the US Coast Guard told CNN that 90 individuals were intercepted in the period October 2020 to March 2021, as they attempted to cross the Straits of Florida.

The figure is almost twice the amount of the previous fiscal year, when 49 Cubans were intercepted while trying to cross.

In the spring, when changes in weather — or so-called “Easter Winds” — occur, the Straits of Florida are particularly unpredictable.

For most, the journey by boat is dangerous and involves paying smugglers to board a packed, and not often seaworthy vessel.


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