cuban migrants

Madeline Fox / WLRN News

As it got dark on Thursday evening, Cuban Americans congregated in the light put out by the cafecito window of Versailles, the Cuban café on Calle Ocho, to talk about the sudden end of decades-old policy granting Cuban migrants special status in U.S. immigration.

Desmond Boylan / AP

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident, a senior administration official said Thursday.

Deputy John Allen, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

A group of nine Cuban migrants arrived on Grassy Key, at mile marker 57.6 of the Florida Keys, around 2:20 a.m.  Tuesday after a 10-day journey from the island, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. 

Authorities indicated that the group was traveling in a boat that was found later behind the Rainbow Bend Resort.  

All the migrants were turned over to agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

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Erika Beras

In the last few years, thousands of Cubans have left the island for South American countries. From there, they make their way north, trekking thousands of miles, hoping to get to the United States.

Last year, 29,000 Cubans crossed the border from Mexico into Texas — quadrupling the total from a decade ago. Now the numbers are even higher.

Heidy Vera, a young Cuban woman, made that journey in 2015. She then headed to Miami, where Cubans have settled for generations.

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended Tuesday at 9:49 pm the search for a group of Cuban migrants reported missing Monday. 

Since Saturday, five bodies have been found in the waters or on the islands of the Florida Keys. They are believed to be from a group of 23 people who left Cuba on September twentieth aboard of what the Coast Guard describes as a “rustic boat.” 

 

Facebook via Miami Herald

Since the U.S. and Cuba normalized relations almost two years ago, Cuban migration here has surged. But a new study shows us just how dramatic that wave has become.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

  Tourists lining up for photos at the Southernmost Point in Key West Wednesday morning had an unusual backdrop for their photos - a dive boat that brought six Cuban migrants to the U.S.

Archives from a webcam appear to show the boat arriving around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday. According to the Key West Police Department, the group included three men and three women.

Lighthousefriends.com

A group of 19 Cuban migrants jumped off their boat and swam to the American Shoal lighthouse when a Coast Guard boat approached Friday morning.  The group surrendered to authorities shortly after 5 pm on Friday and was transported to a Coast Guard cutter for processing, according to the Coast Guard.

The lighthouse was built in 1880 and has an enclosed area within the structure, where the lighthouse keepers once lived. 

Yahoo News

Currently there are 8,000 Cuban migrants making their way to the United States through Central America.

The Miami-Dade School Board  is making plans for accommodating incoming child migrants who will eventually need to enroll in classes.

Local leaders have not held back their concerns over incoming Cuban migrants from Central America. Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado spoke about it at this week's school board meeting.

Esteban Felix / AP via Miami Herald

OPINION

El Salvador is once again the deadliest place in the world.

Data released this week show the small but gang-plagued Central American nation logged an astonishing 104 murders per 100,000 people last year – more than 20 times the U.S. homicide rate.

So if you’re a Salvadoran, what could possibly add insult to that injury?

the Miami Herald

The mayors of Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami and a Hialeah commissioner are worried. They all say the county's not financially prepared for the imminent arrival of thousands of Cubans stranded in Costa Rica.

Last week,  a deal was made to airlift the  Cuban migrants stuck in Costa Rica to El Salvador so they can travel through Mexico to the U.S.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez thinks it should be the job of the federal government to take care of the migrants.  

Jim Wyss / Miami Herald

In response to the Paris attacks one week ago, Florida Gov. Rick Scott joined more than half of the nations governors who called for "extensive" screening of Syrian migrants entering the United States.

One of the attackers who carried out the terrorist attacks in Paris that left more than 120 people dead appeared to be using a fake Syrian passport.