Cuban asylum seekers on hunger strike in Tacoma

Obama’s last-minute cancellation of the wet foot/ dry foot  policy is still having an effect on some Cubans who managed to make it to the U.S.

Washington state is a highly unlikely spot for Cuban “migrants” to show up, but there they are,  warehoused in a jail, and on hunger strike.

U.S. Immigration has determined that they are at risk of reprisals if they’re sent back to Castrogonia, but refuses to release them from jail…. at least according to this news story from Washington state…

Le zumba!

From Public News Service:

TACOMA, Wash. – Fourteen Cubans seeking asylum and detained at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma are on a hunger strike and calling for their release. They have refused food and water since Sunday.

Maru Mora Villalpando, an organizer for the group Northwest Detention Center Resistance, said the asylum-seekers passed a screening finding they had “credible fear” of reprisal if they returned to Cuba, a step toward proving their need to stay in the United States. However, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has yet to release them.

“They have been told that they will be released on parole, but even though two to three months have passed, they are still detained,” she said. “What they’re calling for is immediate release; they want their freedom.”

In January, President Obama ended a policy known as “wet foot, dry foot,” which allowed any Cuban who reached U.S. soil to stay here. That policy ended as part of reopening diplomatic ties between the two nations. Since the policy ended, ICE had detained more than 1,300 Cubans coming across the border.

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