While the hysterics of the media and the left continues over President Trump’s supposed “refugee ban,” these same folks remain deathly silent over Obama’s last-minute ban of Cuban refugees. Outside of local reporting, the media has largely ignored the plight of Cuban refugees and leftist activists have neglected to organize any “protests” demanding they be allowed entry into the U.S.
None of this, however, is a surprise to us Cuban Americans. For decades we have witnessed the media ignore the human rights atrocities in Cuba and have endured the left’s embarrassingly perverted love affair with Cuba’s brutally repressive and corrupt apartheid Castro dictatorship.
US detains 172 Cuban migrants following end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy
At least 172 Cuban nationals who tried to enter the United States following the end to an immigration policy known as “wet foot, dry foot” are now in detention facilities, awaiting for the results of their removal proceedings, federal agencies have confirmed.
Exactly where they are being held was not revealed.
“Since January 14, there has been an increase of 172 Cuban nationals in ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] detention,” an ICE official said.
The official also said that two people had already been “removed” to Cuba but did not clarify whether they are the same two Cuban rafters that a Coast Guard spokeswoman said had been intercepted since the end of wet foot, dry foot.
The fact that only two Cubans have been interdicted by the Coast Guard since the end of the policy demonstrates how effective the change, implemented by former President Barack Obama, has been in stemming the flow of Cuban migrants.
In January 2016, a total of 3,846 Cubans arrived without a visa to the United States. But from Jan. 12-31 of this year, only 426 Cubans were considered “inadmissible” by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at several ports of entry, according to a CBP spokeswoman.
Most of these “inadmissable” Cubans arrived in Miami (111) or Laredo (279) on the U.S.-Mexico border.
During the same period, 1,400 Cubans were legally admitted, according to figures obtained by el Nuevo Herald.
For many years, Cubans who arrived in the United States without a visa and asked to stay were not afraid of being detained. All that ended on Jan. 12 when, in the spirit of normalizing relations with Cuba, the Obama administration eliminated the controversial wet foot, dry foot policy, which allowed most Cubans who made to U.S. soil to stay.
Those “inadmissible” Cubans who arrived after the change of policy “are either entered into removal proceedings or given the opportunity to withdraw their application” and voluntarily leave the U.S., the CBP spokesperson said.
An ICE source confirmed that there have not been deportations of Cubans from Miami as of yet.
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