Busy waters off Florida: Illegal immigration surges from across Caribbean, not just Cuba

The Coast Guard worries that the migrant flow between the U.S. and the Caribbean will continue increasing as news spreads about recent changes to the U.S. immigration system.

The number of Cubans attempting to reach the U.S. by boat or raft has spiked, and the numbers of Haitians and other Caribbean islanders making similar journeys are up even more.

According to the Coast Guard, in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, U.S. authorities intercepted 5,585 Haitians, 3,940 Cubans, and hundreds from the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean countries attempting to sneak into this country.

That's at least 3,000 more migrants intercepted than in the previous fiscal year. It's also the highest number of Haitian migrants documented in five years, and the highest number of Cubans recorded in six.