Sunday, February 25, 2024

The senator questions the humanitarian parole and benefits of Cubans

Cuban-American Senator Marco Rubio reiterated on Friday his opposition to the humanitarian parole system, a program that benefits approximately 30,000 migrants per month with permission to live in the country for two years, under the sponsorship of a US citizen or permanent resident. Cuba, Haiti, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

“That system is abused. This is because of the large number of people who come. We always support helping those who are already here … and we understand that there is always a process where people from Nicaragua, from Venezuela , even Cuba. What we can’t have, what won’t happen is 300 thousand people showing up at the border of the United States and entering the country, whatever it is. We don’t have an incentive for people to do that. argued the senator, Republican of Florida, in an interview with journalist Mario Vallejo.

Under this measure of the Biden Administration, which began at the beginning of 2023 with the aim of guaranteeing legal and orderly immigration, about 297 thousand people entered the United States, including more than 62 thousand Cubans , to live and work legally. in the country. Thousands more are waiting for their application to be processed and approved.

The program had its detractors from the beginning. Last August, a lawsuit filed by Texas and 20 other states alleging humanitarian parole is a “clandestine immigration system” that allows nearly everyone who applies for entry, beginning in a trial in federal court. The final decision in this case is still unknown.

The Democratic administration argued that the humanitarian parole contributed to the “reduction of detentions” of migrants of these four nationalities at the border and to discourage “dangerous routes” of migration to the United States.

The refugees who traveled back to their country after a year and a day?

Meanwhile, Senator Rubio also questioned the fact that people who are accepted as refugees in the United States, and who receive help from the government of this country, do not hesitate to travel back to the place where, probably, they escaped because of fear.

“When you enter as a Cuban, and also as a Haitian, you are accepted as a refugee, and as a refugee you receive a whole series of assistance from the government, sometimes more than a thousand dollars every month between (food) stamps. , Medicaid, Medicare, all the following things that even people who have worked all their lives here, in the United States, do not receive … So, thinking me: how can you become a refugee if after one year and one day, or one year and three months “Are you traveling to the place you fled?” said the lawmaker in an interview with Vallejo.

Rubio considers that the status of refugees, in these cases, should be re-examined.

“If you enter here (in the United States) and you say: I am a refugee here, because I am afraid, but after a year you travel to that country, not once, but many times, I believe that. is something that doesn’t make sense,” said the lawmaker.

He also expressed his concern about the immigration crisis on the southern border and the danger it represents for US national security.

“In the world, today, there are more than 100, 200 million people who would like to come to the United States if they could. This country cannot afford that position. In the last three years alone, they have entered this that country. more than six or seven million people, and no country can sustain that,” he said.

In late January, President Biden promised to “close the border” to Mexico if Congress approves a bipartisan immigration deal that senators have been negotiating in recent months. Biden said it was the “strongest and fairest” set of reforms to protect the border.

“(The bipartisan plan) would give me, as president, new emergency authority to close the border if it’s overwhelmed. And if I have that authority, I’ll use it the day I sign the bill,” said the president.

The immigration crisis is one of the strongest topics in the political debate, just a few months before the presidential election in 2024. Former Republican president Donald Trump, favorite to win his party’s nomination , warned that if elected, he would use a strong immigration policy, which would include “the largest deportation of illegals the country has ever seen.”

“We see the images, we see what is happening, and we know that they come from all over the world, not only from Latin America. They live from India, from China, from Russia, from Africa . that happens here, in this country. Among the many people who live, people come in … we know that people who commit crimes come in. This is an immigration crisis, and it will not continue,” Rubio concluded.

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