A Cuban doctor seeking asylum in the U.S. has been denied his petition because of his previous membership in Cuba’s communist party:
Cuban doctor denied application for permanent residence
When Osmil Atila Reyes learned that the United States welcomed Cuban doctors deployed in third countries, he fled his post in Venezuela, where he served as a dentist.
While Reyes made it to Miami, the U.S. government has yet to formally welcome him.
Reyes, 28, is one of dozens of former Cuban doctors abroad who have had their applications for permanent residence denied because they once belonged to the Cuban Communist Party or the Union of Young Communists in Cuba, known widely for its Spanish-language acronym UJC.
Considering the fact that in Castro’s Cuba it is next to impossible to obtain an education or a decent job without becoming a card-carrying member of the Communist Party, this makes for some interesting questions in this case and the many like it. Of course, not every member of Cuba’s Communist Party is there just out of convenience, but neither is every member a committed communist. The question is, how can we tell the difference?