Cuban migration surges over land and by sea

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HAVANA (AP) — The number of Cubans heading to the United States has increased dramatically since the island lifted travel restrictions last year, eliminating a costly exit visa and making it easier for emigrants to return to the island, new U.S. government figures show. With greater access to cash and legal travel documents, the vast majority are avoiding the risky journey by raft across the Florida Straits. Instead, most of the new arrivals are passing through Mexico or flying straight to the U.S. More than 22,000 Cubans showed up on the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada in the fiscal year that ended last month. That was nearly double the number in 2012 and almost triple the 2011 figure,…

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