Correcting Reuters on the Cuban Adjustment ActArticle 13.(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.Reuters has published a misleading article describing the Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act as a “perk” despite the fact that Cuba remains the only nation in the Western Hemisphere in which its citizenry is not free to enter and exit their own country.
This is the fundamental reason why the Cuban Adjustment Act was originally enacted on November 2, 1966 and remains relevant and needed today.
Despite the newest regulations, the fact remains that the granting, now of passports [instead of the hated white card], remains arbitrary in addition to restricting entire groups of people that are considered “assets” of the government.
At the same time it would be important to identify those who are regime elites or state security agents seeking to advance the dictatorship’s totalitarian agenda abroad. The Clinton Administration’s 1995 Immigration Accord with the Castro government and the lottery it generated which was controlled by the regime in Cuba has meant that regime agents and elites have been able to abuse the process. At the same time actual Cuban refugees have been deported back to Cuba and prison under the infamous wet foot, dry foot policy that sought to subvert the spirit of the 1996 Law.
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