Why is this legal? I can't seem to find a good explaination online, so maybe one of you fine folk might know..... Why is it that if someone makes it ashore from Cuba, they can stay? If thier caught during the journey, they get sent back. As for Mexico, as far as I know, unless they become legal citizens they are not allowed to stay (even though many do). why? edit: what about people from Canada? Never really hear dof Canadian immigrants getting sent back. Maybe that cuz its not real bad there, but if it happened, what would happen to the person?