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Nov 18, 2014

The 1994 Cuban Exodus: Then and Now

The 1994 Cuban Exodus: Then and Now

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Cuban Exodus. That summer, between Aug. 12 and Sept. 13, some 31,000 Cubans were detained at sea by U.S. ships. It was the largest exodus since the 1980 Mariel boatlift that brought 120,000 Cubans to Miami. Illegal departures by sea from Cuba are on the rise again, U.S. officials say, with more than 2,000 migrants picked up by the U.S. Coast Guard over the last 12 months. That is the highest rate in six years.

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