Articles Tagged with immigration

Cuban-Migrants-in-Panama-300x200The Panamanian government is offering 126 Cuban migrants stranded in the country a chance to return to Cuba and become self-employed entrepreneurs. In exchange, the migrants will receive multiple-entry visas to Panama and an undetermined amount of capital for investment purposes.

The proposal was announced by Panama’s Deputy Minister of Public Security Jonathan del Rosario last week. He said Panama has done “everything possible” to help the migrants. This proposal would only apply to the Cubans stranded in Gualaca in western Panama. Del Rosario made it clear that the migrants in Gualaca won’t be allowed to remain in Panamanian territory.

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Cuban-Migrants-at-Sea-300x206The Coast Guard announced that it did not intercept any vessel ferrying illegal Cuban immigrants to the U.S. in April, The Wall Street Journal reports. It was the first month without any such incidents in seven years.

Images of Cuban immigrants trying to reach the U.S. on dingy boats made of all kinds of materials have shocked people for decades, but no more. The dramatic drop in the number of Cubans attempting the journey is due in large part to new policies set by the Obama administration.

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Cuban-Migrants-in-US-300x242The number of Cubans caught at sea off the coast of Florida has fallen since former U.S. President Barack Obama ended the ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy during his final days in office, according to Admiral Paul Zukunft, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Zukunft told news sources that the Coast Guard has intercepted less than 100 migrants since the immigration policy was officially ended on January 12. In comparison, the sea service detained over 10,000 migrants at sea last year.

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Mexico-US-Border-Town-Migrants-300x200U.S.-bound Cuban migrants who are stranded in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo may apply for political asylum and legalize their status in Mexico, the mayor of the city announced this week. The migrants have been stranded in the border city since the end of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy in January.

“We had a meeting where there were people from immigration… representatives from the federal government, the state,” Laredo Mayor Enrique Rivas Cuéllar told the press. “I understand that the [Cuban migrants] are going to submit requests for political asylum and… be able to process their legal stay here in the country.”

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cuban flag11 Cuban immigrants who are being held in Texas are fighting deportation by alleging that they arrived in the U.S. just before the long-standing ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy. The policy in question allowed Cubans who made it into the country to remain and become legal residents.

Some of the immigrants reportedly entered the U.S. via Mexico through Laredo on January 11 before the immigration policy was rescinded by former U.S. President Barack Obama the following day. Others tried to cross into the U.S. on the morning of January 12 but were scheduled appointments for later that day after the policy officially ended.

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Cuban-Migrants-Lost-at-Sea-300x169The families of several Cuban nationals who secretly left the island for Florida aboard two speedboats on the weekend of March 10 are desperately seeking information about the whereabouts of their relatives. According to news sources, some families have been waiting for days for word of their relatives safety.

Yandry Pérez became worried when his aunt in Cuba informed him that his mother, Marlenes Romero León, and his two younger brothers, Yusdiel and Kevin, were among those missing.

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Exile-Organizations-Collect-Donations-300x208Exile organizations and volunteers are collecting food, hygiene products, and other donations to help the hundreds of Cuban migrants stranded in Mexico since former President Barack Obama ended the “wet foot, dry foot” immigration policy on January 12.

Democracy Movement, WWFE La Poderosa radio station, Vigilia Mambisa, and other organizations have set up a base at Calle Ocho at SW 13th Avenue in Miami, Florida. They have collected over 4,000 pounds of food and other basic necessities so far, but they still need more donations to fill up a trailer that is headed to Mexico on February 26.

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ICE-Agents-300x236Two Cubans nationals who were deemed “inadmissible” for entry into the U.S. became the first to be sent back to Cuba by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since former President Obama ended the “wet foot, dry foot” immigration policy on January 12.

The two women were placed on a flight to Havana this morning. ICE didn’t specify when or where they arrived in the U.S., but an ICE official told the press that this is the first “removal flight” since the elimination of “wet foot, dry foot.”

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Javier Rodriguez Ayala reunited with his family on January 13 after being detained for 31 hours. He was one of the last Cubans awarded parole into the U.S. because he arrived hours before the end of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy on January 12.

172 Cuban nationals have been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents following the end of the “wet foot, dry foot” immigration policy. The Cuban migrants are reportedly being held in detention facilities as they await the results of their removal proceedings. ICE did not reveal the location of those facilities.

An ICE official told news sources that two of the detained migrants have already been “removed” to Cuba. Sources suspect the two Cubans were the rafters who were intercepted by the Coast Guard last month after the “wet foot, dry foot” policy officially ended.

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