Remembering September 9, 1994
The day that President Clinton betrayed American ideals, and abandoned the Cuban people.
September 9, 1994, President Clinton announced an end to the long held U.S. policy of admitting Cuban refugees found at sea, after reaching an agreement with Cuba.
The United States agreed to no longer permit Cubans intercepted at sea to come to the United States; rather, Cubans would be placed in a safe haven camp in a third location. Justifying this policy as a “safety of life at sea” issue, Cuba also agreed to use “persuasive methods” to discourage people from setting sail.
United States and Cuba reaffirmed their support for the United Nations General Assembly resolution on alien smuggling. They pledged to cooperate in the prevention of the illegal transport of migrants and the use of violence or “forcible divergence” to reach the United States.
The United States agreed to admit no less than 20,000 immigrants from Cuba annually, not including the immediate relatives of U.S. citizens.
The United States and Cuba agreed to cooperate on the voluntary return of Cubans who arrived in the United States or were intercepted at sea.
The United States and Cuba did not reach an agreement on how to handle Cubans who are excludable under the INA, but they did agree to continue discussing the matter.
The United States and Cuba agreed to review the implementation of this agreement and engage in further discussions.
Well, we know how that turned out, as expected considering that the agreement left out of the equation the continued brutal repressive human rights violations against the Cuban people, and intolerable conditions of life in Cuba under the Castro regime.
Meanwhile, as Val has often reminded us, those rafts still only go one way.