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U.S. policy encourages irregular migration, says foreign minister

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U.S. policy encourages irregular migration, says foreign minister

Havana, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said today that the U.S. immigration policy together with the economic blockade imposed on the island favors irregular, illegal and unsafe migration.
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From his Twitter account, the foreign minister said that these political purposes also stimulate human trafficking and the associated organized crime, “with serious consequences”.

The specialist of the General Directorate of the United States of the Foreign Ministry (Minrex), Dariel Quintana explained in the radio television space Mesa Redonda that these crossings have high costs for migrants.

“Thousands of lives have been lost trying to cross the Florida Straits guided by the promise that they will be received there, many families have been separated for similar reasons, and, in addition, instability has been created in countries of the region that have been used as bridges to reach the U.S.”.

The Cuban citizen in the current context, he pointed out, faces a scenario in which all legal channels for emigration have been closed, as consular services from Washington in Havana have remained cancelled since 2017.

In addition, he insisted that a determining factor is the tightening of the blockade and the measures imposed by the administration of Republican Donald Trump.

Minrex officials have explained that since the revolutionary triumph in 1959, the United States uses the migratory issue as one more form of harassment and hostility towards the island. “The real suffering is in the Cuban family,” they say.

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