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US lawyer considers immigration policy towards Cuba incoherent

Havana, Jan 7 (Prensa Latina) Cuban-American lawyer Jose Pertierra called incoherent recent measures US President Joe Biden took on irregular migration, when the Cuban Adjustment Act (1966) is still in force today.

The jurist told the Cuban television that the Biden administration said its new program has the purpose of discouraging the illegal migration of Cubans to the United States, but leaves untouched a policy that encourages it.

He indicated that according to figures released by Washington in fiscal year 2022 more than 213,000 Cubans entered US territory illegally.

Pertierra pointed out that the United States intends to allow a limited number of Cubans to enter the country for two years through the selective application of the so-called parole process, but at the same time those who do not qualify will be expelled.

However, he stressed, it is an inconsistent decision, since “Cubans continue to have a privileged position with respect to other migrants, because once in the United States the Cuban Adjustment Act allows them to apply for permanent residency after a year and a day”.

In this sense, Pertierra believes that after this news it is possible that the United States “will review the sanctions it has applied to the Caribbean nation and the Cuban Adjustment Act”.

He pointed out that the justification for the migratory program is due to the fact that the US national security itself indicated that the country requires limitations in the immigration of undocumented immigrants coming from Cuba and recognized as causes of its increase the inflation, the Covid-19 pandemic and the sanctions applied by Washington against Havana.


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