- The policy has been in place since the Clinton administration
- The Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program is unaffected
(CNN)Laura Vianelo remembers the stories of young Cuban migrants who "threw themselves at the sea," only to die in a desperate attempt to set foot on American soil.
Treating Cubans like other migrants
Prompted in part by fears that thawing relations with Cuba will end favorable U.S. policies, thousands of Cuban immigrants are trekking through Latin America on their way to the United States. Here's a snapshot of other countries involved:
Ecuador was once a magnet for Cuban migrants because the South American country didn't require entry visas. That practice ended last year, and many Cubans are leaving with the threat of deportation looming.
Nicaragua in Central America closed its border to Cubans heading north last year, leaving thousands stranded to the south in Costa Rica.
Mexico gave Cubans arriving on flights from Central America temporary papers and shuttles them to the U.S. border.
Colombia says it will deport Cubans stranded there to avoid setting a precedent and facilitating human trafficking.