Jacobin reminds us that in April 2016, President Obama met with Cuban President Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas, the first time in more than five decades that leaders of the two countries have formally conferred. It was the most visible manifestation of the resumption of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba, which Washington and Havana announced in December.
The rapprochement has also refocused attention on the fifty-year-old American policy that allows Cubans to emigrate to the United States in unlimited numbers, a “privilege” not conferred upon citizens of any other country.
Even before the historic agreement, the number of Cubans coming to the US had significantly increased. In fact, the single largest wave of immigration since the 1959 Cuban Revolution took place not in the sixties and seventies but during the twenty-year period from 1994 to 2013 when the worsening economic hardship in the island led to massive emigration, with a total of 563,740 Cubans being legally admitted into the United States.
But immigration from the island might increase even more as a result of the resumption of relations, along with the more liberal emigration policies enacted by the Cuban government in 2012. This raises the issue of the fate of US immigration policy toward Cuba, which was established under conditions vastly different from those existing today.
As the clock continues to tick on the special immigration status of Cubans, more and more of them are fleeing the island.
It won’t be long before the Normalization Circus opens a new act: turning Cubans from refugees to mere “migrants.”
Texas is receiving a flood of Cuban refugees from Panama, via Mexico. Panama has shut its doors to Cubans and is flying the thousands they have already taken in to Mexico, so they can cross the border into the U.S. and claim refugee status.
Not much attention is being paid to this story, largely because it complicates the rosy “normalization” narrative that American journalists have come to love so much.
Whether these Cubans understand the meaning of the term “refugee” is irrelevant. U.S. immigration law considers them refugees.
One of those interviewed for the story below claims he is fleeing “political corruption” rather than repression. By his definition, then –given the extent of corruption globally — everyone in the world can become a “refugee.”
This same man will most probably begin his yo-yo trips to Cuba –back and forth, back and forth — loaded with the sorts of goodies that fuel the political “corruption” he claims to have fled.
To underscore the difference between “corruption” and “repression” some photos of victims of Castronoid violence are included below.
Mario José Delgado: Victim of Cuba’s “political corruption”
Thousands of Cuban refugees expected to arrive in El Paso
The Houchen Center is getting ready to receive as many as 3,000 Cuban refugees, according to the center’s director Veronica Roman.
Roman got the call Saturday and picked up 50 refugees from an El Paso port of entry Tuesday after they had traveled for two days.
The refugees are expected to stay at the Houchen Center for the next couple of days as the center helps them get to their family members living in the U.S. or help find a place for them to go.
Some of the immigrants traveled from Cuba to South America and then to Mexico before arriving in El Paso.
A number of them were hungry. Roman said the center could receive hundreds more later in the week, including women and children.
She adds that this is the biggest group the center has ever had. She says they need the bare essentials to house them. “My volunteers are going on two hours of sleep. The community can help by donating food, clothes, blankets, diapers and baby food,” said Roman.
There’s no word yet on when the next group will be here
According to Roman, U.S. Customs and Border Protection determines whether immigrants can cross the border.
CBP says they’ve seen a large influx of Cuban immigrants along this part of the border.
They also said anyone who applies to enter the U.S. at the ports of entry from Juarez are processed.
One immigrant told KFOX14 a lot of Cubans are fleeing from political corruption in Cuba.
And, if you can’t get enough of this story, go HERE for another report with additional information.
Cuban Immigrants arriving by boat – enjoy the music
Blog Editor: Some might be asking what’s the big deal, Cubans are coming now just like they did in the past? Check out the video above. The father speaks at the 0.55 sec mark wearing a shirt with the US Dollar bill motif with the words – Novus Order Seclorum – One World Order. I think this tells us exactly the reason behind this new Obama policy – don’t you?