Cuban invasion: Immigration highest ever, deportations lowest:
Illegal border crossings by Cubans has surpassed last year's record at the same time deportations are at an all-time low, a poisonous formula that is making the United States a huge magnet for even higher levels of immigration from the communist island, according to a new report. Cuban immigration has hit 46,635, breaching last year's ceiling of 43,154, according to the authoritative Center for Immigration Studies. Under U.S. immigration policy, Cubans are treated differently than other illegals because of the Cold War, now easing, between the island and Washington. Most are granted legal status, immediately offered taxpayer-funded welfare, and directed to Cuban communities around the nation.