Once again, Washington and Havana sat at the same table to discuss migration, one of the many issues that divides the two countries despite existing bilateral agreements on the matter.
According to Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Cuba reiterated in this dialogue its “concern” about the measures that stimulate irregular migration that remain strong through the decisions of the US government.
Likewise, he urged his counterpart to adhere to bilateral migration agreements “in their entirety and not selectively.” On the other hand, according to the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Greater Antilles said it is ready to fulfill its commitments.
Cuban Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Fernández de Cossío led the island’s delegation to the meeting in Havana, and in his speech, he pointed out the impact of the blockade and other measures on the socioeconomic conditions of Cubans, which in turn encourages illegal immigration, according to Cuban authorities.
Cossío also demanded the inclusion of Cuba in the list of states that “promote terrorism” and the preferential treatment received by Cubans who entered the United States illegally, who would benefit from the Cuban Adjustment Act.
Another request that can be seen from the Antillean side is the deportation of all Cubans who arrive at the border of the US seeking asylum, according to North American sources specializing in immigration issues.
On the part of the US, the delegation arrived in Havana with the deputy undersecretary of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs of the Department of State, Eric Jacobstein, at its head.
For the American delegation, many of those who emigrated from Cuba did so “responding to the loss of hope for economic development in Cuba and a disillusionment with the response of the Cuban political process to satisfy their needs,” said the Cuban-American journalist Mario Penton.
Likewise, he recalled that the administration of Joe Biden not only followed the delivery of visas for migrants but also announced legal and safe migration policies such as humanitarian parole, where more than 57 thousand Cubans reached the United States.
In addition, the USA continued to process cases under the Conditional Release for Cuban Family Reunification in Havana, and Biden expressed his intention to support the political and economic well-being of the Cuban people by promoting the success of the private sector, northern officials said.