More Cubans are deciding to go through Mexico to get into the U.S. It's an added distance, considering that most Cubans migrants to enter through Florida -- which is only about 100 miles. Whereas Cuba to Mexico about 1,500 miles.
So why are they doing it?
Since the United States and Cuba will be re-opening diplomatic relations, Cubans fear it may shut their easy access to legal U.S. residency. There is currently a 'dry foot' act, or 1996 Cuban Adjustment Act that allows fleeing Cuban migrants who make U.S. landfall to apply for asylum and obtain a green card in under a year.
According to Vice News, Cuban migrants seeking to reach the United States by land are currently at the center of a tense standoff between Nicaragua and Costa Rica that is preventing them continuing their journey. Over a 1,000 Cuban migrants are in protest at the Pan-American highway demanding that Nicaraguan authorities allow them entry from Costa Rica, hoping to reach the United States.