The number of Cubans trying to cross into the U.S. has dropped 99% since Pres. Obama ended the “wet foot, dry foot” policy on January 12. This policy allowed any Cuban who touched U.S. soil to become a legal permanent resident and citizen.
In February and March of this year the U.S. Coast Guard only caught 49 Cubans off the Florida coast, a huge decrease from the 407 that were caught in the same time period in 2016. Cubans crossing the U.S.-Mexico border declined from 11,892 in 2016 to only 86 this year.
Historically, Cuba has refused to take back criminals the U.S. sought to deport, and denied the safe return of other citizens. As a result, the U.S. has been forced to release hundreds of Cuban criminals to the streets under a 2001 Supreme Court ruling.
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Updated: Wed, May 17th 2017 @ 12:20pm EDT