Deportation to Cuba from US: Immigration attorney Willy Allen revealed that between 30 and 40 repatriations of Cubans happen every month and the Immigration authority corroborated that the sum figure 271 in six months
Deportation to Cuba from US: After attorney Willy Allen revealed that between “30 and 40 Cubans are deported monthly to Cuba, ” through what he called “secret negotiations” between Cuba and the United States, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement authority ( ICE) of this country confirmed that between October 2017 and May of the current year 271 Cubans have been returned to the Caribbean island.
Deportation to Cuba from US
Allen, in conversation with Journalist, said that “previously the Cuban government only ‘accepted’ an average of five Cubans per month,” but after the repeal of the policy of “dry feet, wet feet,” and under the “zero tolerance” guidelines of the Trump administration “that figure began to skyrocket last year and today is higher than ever.”
In this regard, ICE spokesperson in Miami, Nestor Yglesias, said that official statistics show that 64 Cubans were deported in 2016, around 160 in 2017 and between October 1, 2017, and May 21, 2018, a total of 271. “I can not comment on what Allen says, just refer to the official figures,” he warned.
According to Allen, “this shows two things: that there are negotiations with Cuba, which are still ongoing because you can not send an ICE plane without permission and, second, that the issue of immigration is still valid between Cuba and the United States.”
He added: “I do not know how they are doing these negotiations, but the simple fact that a US plane can fly to Cuba to deliver Cubans to the island’s authorities, requires prior coordination and must be at the official level, not of low commands “.
A report that the ICE spokesman sent to EARLY IN TIME indicates that “the tendency of a greater application of the shares began shortly after the change in the Administration on January 20, 2017, and this date is used throughout the report to the information purposes thereof. ”
Allen further noted: “Most foreigners who arrive at the border are prosecuted under expedited removal provisions and are quickly removed, while foreigners arrested in the interior are more likely to have protracted immigration procedures and appeals, that delays the issuance of a final executable expulsion order. ”
According to Allen, in some cases, Cubans who are not accepted in Cuba are provisionally released under supervision and cannot be legalized in the US because they do not have a “parole” that proves their legal entry into the country.
In another era, the Cuban dictatorship was opposed to receiving a large number of Cubans by way of deportation. However, assuming the reins of the White House, President Donald Trump threatened to toughen relations with countries that refused to accept deported emigrants. Cuba appears on the list of nations called to collaborate in this regard with the United States.
Before former President Barack Obama repealed the policy of “dry feet, wet feet”, promulgated during the Bill Clinton administration in 1995, any Cuban who managed to set foot on American soil became the immediate beneficiary of a series of “perks” from the Migratory point of view. But if they were intercepted by the Coast Guard, they were returned to the island or sent to a third country.
However, the Cuban Adjustment Act, passed in 1966, remains in force. This law confers special treatment to Cuban citizens, their spouses, and children, who legally enter the United States with a visa or passport from another country, who may apply for permanent residency as of one year and one day after entering the country. country.
The suspension of Clinton’s policy has drastically reduced the number of Cubans attempting to cross the Straits of Florida. In the fiscal year 2017, the Coast Guard intercepted 1,468 rafters at sea, 27% of the 5,396 that stopped in the previous period.
“Cubans of Mariel”
For the jurist Willy Allen it is still “strange” that Cuba has decided to accept a larger number of Cubans deported from the US. “These are people who illegally entered the border, tried to win a political asylum and lose, for not passing the test of ‘credible fear’, are deported. But also, among others, we have Cubans from Mariel, which is a living list, which the US continues to update. ”
As recalled, on April 20, 1980, the dictator Fidel Castro announced that all Cubans wishing to emigrate to the United States would be free to board ships in the port of Mariel, west of Havana, which resulted in the called “Mariel exodus”. Around 125,000 Cubans fled to seek a better life in the US.
Later, it was discovered that an indeterminate number had been released from prisons and mental health centers in Cuba, many of them were detained in federal prisons in the US to be subjected to deportation hearings, while others committed crimes on US soil for which They have faced judicial repatriation proceedings.
“The United States continues to add people to that list of Mariel; It is a mistake to think that this list is not valid, “he said.
He added that Cubans who face criminal cases in the US and are deported to Cuba are held in prisons on the island for up to 40 days, while others without criminal charges are immediately integrated into their families in that island country.
Allen also said that the Cuban migrant community has been affected by the “zero tolerance” measures adopted by President Trump, and anticipated that this year when a considerable number of tourist visas granted to nationals of the island in the year 2013, many of these will choose not to renew their document.
In the words of the lawyer specialized in immigration, “these visas are granted for five years and they have to be renewed, and as they are being denied, because it is a White House policy, and many of these Cubans do not want to risk renewing them. ”
Allen fears that this year there will be what he did not hesitate to call “an explosion” of Cubans who decide to remain “without papers” in the US, because, in his opinion, a good number of them feel “panic” in front of the possibility that your renewal requests are rejected.
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