Cuban Migrants Head to U.S. in Record Numbers

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José de Córdoba | Photographs by Eva Marie Uzcategui for The Wall Street Journal

MIAMI—Cuban migrants are arriving in the U.S. at the highest rate since Fidel Castro came to power in 1959, fleeing political repression and the island’s worst economic crisis in more than three decades.

More than 175,000 Cuban migrants were apprehended in the U.S. between last October and July, six times as many as in the previous 12-month period, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


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