US communicates to Havana that will keep the Cuban Adjustment Act
A new round of migration talks was held between the delegations of Cuba and the United States, which were headed by Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, Director General of the United States Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Edward Alex Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.
During the meeting, both Parties reviewed the implementation of the Migration Accords between the two countries and exchanged on the combat against illegal migration. The Cuban delegation reiterated its profound concern over the continued politicization of the migration issue with regard to Cuba by the Government of the United States as a result of the enforcement of the Cuban Adjustment Act, and particularly the implementation of the so-called ‘wet foot/dry foot’ policy, which grants Cubans a differentiated treatment which is unique in the world, since they are immediately and automatically admitted into the United States, regardless of the ways and means they use, even if they arrive in the US territory through irregular ways.
The Cuban representatives emphasized that this policy has encouraged illegal, unsafe and disorderly migration, as well as alien smuggling and irregular entries into the United States from third countries by Cuban citizens who leave Cuba legally and enter legally the first country of destination, from which they continue traveling, through irregular ways, to the United States, thus becoming victims of networks of human traffickers and organized crime, as has been recently evidenced by the situation created in Costa Rica and other countries in the region.
Instead, the United States delegation indicated that its Government does not have the intention to introduce changes in the migration policy applied to Cuban citizens.