Cuban migrants joining asylum seekers

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – Growing numbers of people from Cuba have joined the flow of migrants waiting in Mexico to apply for asylum at the U.S. border. 

Just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, Ciudad Juarez has become a magnet for Cuban migrants looking to enter the United States. 

Many Cubans put their dream of leaving Cuba on hold when the U.S. ended a generous immigration policy for island residents, but after watching coverage of migrant caravans heading north from Central America, they decided to come anyway.

The addition of Cubans to the influx of migrants to the border is adding to the pressure on shelters and border authorities. 

A Cuban official said of the three-thousand migrants waiting to apply for U.S. asylum in Juarez, an estimated 80% are Cubans. 

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