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The Cuban government agrees to accept Cuban migrants back from the US

The US will deport undocumented Cuban migrants back to Cuba in the next few years

The US government has decided to deport Cuban migrants who’ve crossed the borders without any documents. Fortunately, Cuba has agreed to accept these migrants back.

These flights will begin in the upcoming weeks and send these Cubans back to their nations.

Here’s all you need to know about this matter.

The rise of Cuban migrants in the US

Over the past year, the number of Cubans crossing the US borders has significantly increased. That’s because many of these Cubans migrants weren’t sent back due to COVID-19 restrictions.

According to statistics, over 248,000 Cubans migrants were detained crossing the US border last year. While those arriving by land are permitted to apply for asylum, rejection applicants will now be deported.

What’s happening now?

a group of immigrants holding placards

According to sources, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has detained a dozen Cubans who failed to pass the asylum screening. The US agency is currently waiting to have sufficient Cuban deportees to fill an airplane to send to Havana.

Although regular Cuban deportations were put on hold during the pandemic, the US continued to send Cubans back in small numbers through commercial airlines. According to data from the US Department of Homeland Security, approximately 1,500 Cubans were deported in the fiscal year 2020.

In the fiscal year 2022, 220,000 Cubans were detained at the U.S-Mexico border, out of which a huge majority were released to pursue immigration.

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