In 2007, the United States Coast Guard interdicted 3,197 Cuban migrants, compared to 2,293 in 2006. Source: Associated Press, “Cuba says 2 migrants drown when smuggling boat capsizes off coast,” International Herald Tribune, December 28, 2007.
According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, nearly 90 percent of all undocumented Cubans who enter the United States now come through Mexico rather then reaching the U.S. by boat. Migrants pay smugglers up to $10,000 to cross the Yucatan Channel into Mexico and then travel up to the U.S. Border.
Between 2000 and 2007, 40 Cuban baseball players were smuggled out of Cuba.
Human smugglers in Cuba charge between $8,000 to $10,000 to people attempting to be smuggled into the United States.
Every year since 2000, the United States Coast Guard has intercepted more than 1,400 people attempting to cross the Florida Straits to gain entry into the United States.
Hundred of millions of dollars are believed to be lost to counterfeit Cuban cigars annually.