Cubans step up escapes to U.S.
Frustrated by continued hardship, the number of Cubans leaving their homeland by sea has increased sharply in the past year and led to several high-profile deaths in the Florida Straits. U.S. authorities said that 2,504 Cubans have been intercepted at sea so far in 2005, up from 1,499 in all of 2004. The number of Cuban migrants reaching South Florida by sea also increased during the 12 months ended Sept. 20 to 2,530 from 954 during the previous period. Full Story