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Tens of thousands fear deportation as Cuba relations thaw

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MIAMI (AP) -- The future is murky for thousands of Cuban immigrants who have outstanding deportation orders as the United States and Cuba inch closer to fully restoring diplomatic ties, including re-opening embassies for the first time in 54 years.

As many as 25,000 Cubans living in the United States are considered priorities for deportation by immigration enforcement agents, according to data maintained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Those priorities include people with serious criminal convictions or who pose a threat to national security.

Those immigrants haven't yet been sent back to Cuba because the government of President Raul Castro has not given them permission to return.

For decades deportation to Cuba has been complicated by the Cuban government's decision not to provide travel documents for most immigrants facing deportation.

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