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A new spike in Cuban ‘boat people’

The U.S. diplomatic opening with Cuba has apparently spurred a flood of Cubans taking to makeshift rafts to get to the United States illegally due to concerns that a quick path to legal residency may end.

The Coast Guard said Monday that it stopped 481 Cuban migrants in 37 events in December. That’s up 117 percent from December 2013.

In the first five days of 2015, a total of 96 Cuban migrants have been interdicted at sea in seven separate events in the Florida Straits, officials said.

Click here for the full report by the Washington Post.