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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Cubans migrate largely because US government accepts them at its borders, says deputy minister

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Fernández de Cosio, has described what he believes to be the root cause of Cuba’s mass migration to the United States.

Recently, the Department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a report recording the entry of nearly 200,000 Cubans through the borders into the United States since last October.

In a tweet published several hours ago, Fernandez de Cosio said:

“Three important reasons explain Cuba’s high migrant influx into the Americas: an economic blockade designed to lower Cuba’s standard of living, the US tendency to accept Cubans arriving on its borders, and non-compliance with migrant agreements. -Five years of compliance”.

In addition, Secretary of State Bruno Rodriguez has spoken on the subject at the United Nations, alleging that the United States “must address the factors that encourage irregular migration and cause loss of life.” “

Among these elements, they noted “violation of its obligation to grant less than 20,000 annual visas for expatriates, in accordance with existing bilateral agreements, since 2017”.

In addition, he noted “the existence of the Cuban adjustment law, the privileged treatment of migrants for political reasons, and restrictive pressure on countries of regular transit”.

The statements from the two diplomats came as US President Joe Biden this week assured that deporting Cubans coming to that country was not “rational”.

The United States Embassy in Havana, for its part, announced this Wednesday, that it will begin processing immigrant visas of all categories as early as 2023.

As they explained, they want to “ensure that the total legal migration from Cuba to the United States is a minimum of 20,000 Cubans each year, not including immediate relatives of US citizens.”

Cubans wonder about the reasons why they migrate

Fernandez De Cosio’s message received over 100 comments on Twitter.

One user wrote, “I think there are only two reasons for this: the inability of the government to meet the needs of the population and the inability of the people to listen and change.”

“And you don’t see any internal reason? Really?” Another tweeter asked.

“How do you explain the high influx of Cuban immigrants coming to other countries,” reflected another person in the diplomat’s official account?

One tweeter identified as Pepin contributed to his internal cause: “The salary is not enough for anything; four generations live in the same house; having a child in Cuba is an act of sacrifice; your government that also changes or rearranges, it is for the worse.”

“Not only do they go to the United States, there are thousands of others in Europe, and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Do those countries “block” us as well? Do these countries also fail to abide by migrant agreements?” He added.

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