The number of Cubans entering the country via the U.S.-Mexico border or smuggling vessels has dropped more than 50 percent.
The number of Cubans leaving the island illegally has fallen substantially in only three years. In 2007, almost 20,000 Cubans attempted to leave their island by sea in smuggling vessels for the U.S., but in 2010, there were less than 7,000.
The Miami Herald believes the recession in the United States has meant less money for human smuggling, tougher Mexican immigration rules, and increased prosecution of smugglers. However, they fail to mention that the number of immigration applications at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana has increased, and despite the lack of formal relations between the U.S. and Cuba, there has been improved cooperation on consular matters.