From our Bureau of Overly Flexible Definitions with some assistance from our Bureau of Cuban Conundrums
Finally, someone in Washington DC has asked a question that needed to be asked many years ago. Why do so many Cuban “refugees” keep returning to the country from which they fled?
At issue is the very definition of the “refugee” status granted to these Cubans by the U.S., which makes them eligible for welfare, food stamps, and Medicaid, privileges not granted to other immigrants.
Ironically, Senator Rubio asked this question to Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security, who, like himself, is also a Cuban. Mayorkas did not attempt to answer the question, but said he would look into this conundrum.
Watch video above. Cuban refugee issue begins at 4:17 mark.
Abridged and loosely translated from CiberCuba
US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) questioned the situation of Cubans who are welcomed as refugees in the United States and then travel to Cuba, a country from which they supposedly fled political persecution.
His remarks came Wednesday, Nov. 8, during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the Biden administration’s request for additional funds to quickly process migrants who enter the country illegally.
Addressing the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, the senator raised the case of Cubans who acquire refugee status in the United States and a year later are on vacation in Cuba, a country from which they supposedly fled for political reasons.
“If you are fleeing persecution, how can it be that a year later you are spending your summers in Cuba? How can it be that less than a year later you are traveling, say, 6 to 8 times a year to Cuba? I have never heard of people fleeing persecution and returning to one place repeatedly. “There is a problem here, right?” Rubio asked Mayorkas.
Referring to the case of Cuban refugees, the Republican senator from Florida stated that “if you come from Cuba it is presumed that you are fleeing political persecution,” which is why the figure of “credible fear” exists during the interview they were given. makes Cuban asylum seekers.
“Once you are here, you are supposed to be here because you are a refugee fleeing persecution and you have a number of benefits at a minimum. “If a year later you are here as a refugee, but you return to Cuba six times, shouldn’t you at least lose your refugee status?” Rubio asked the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
The question, which is on the minds of a good part of the Cuban exile, left Mayorkas without an answer, who promised Rubio that he would study the matter and offer him an answer based on the legal arguments surrounding the issue.