- Economic and political upheavals in Cuba and Haiti have forced a steady exodus from both countries.
- U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered more than 175,000 Cubans at the U.S.-Mexico border during this exercise through July, more than the number of Cubans who arrived on the Mariel boat lift in 1980.
- Thousands of Cubans and Haitians attempt to reach Florida’s shores on makeshift ships, many of which are unseaworthy.
Some float across miles of open ocean on pieces of polystyrene tied together with bamboo string. Others avoid Mexican cartels and cross the Rio Grande with smugglers at the US-Mexico border.
By land and sea, more than 230,000 Cuban and Haitian migrants attempted to reach the United States this year to seek asylum, marking one of the largest migrations to the United States. one or the other nation witnessed.