CUBA— Cuba’s government isn’t taking back nationals deported from the U.S. Currently, tens of thousands are attempting to leave the island behind and gain entry to the U.S. during its most recent massive exodus.
Since October 2022, approximately 46,000 Cubans have left Cuban and found their way to the U.S. via the Mexico border. During that same period, only 20 Cubans willingly returned to their home country.
The Obama administration developed a deal with the Cuban government to return Cubans who came to the U.S. illegally. President Trump made changes to parts of the relationship with Cuba.
Cuba has stopped accepting deportations of its nationals from the U.S., ICE says https://t.co/IKkeL8xOpj
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) April 13, 2022
In the following years, deportations soared but came to a halt in March 2020 due to the pandemic. Then, in October 2020, Cuban reopened the island but again stopped flights until November 2021. But, they did not receive any deportations, regardless of the airport being open.
Obama’s deal with the Cuban government enabled the Department of Homeland Security to oust Cubans coming to the border through what has been called “expedited removal.”
In contrast, those who were found at sea were generally sent back immediately. Yet, the majority of Cubans have been allowed to proceed with a normal immigration process and seek asylum.
The Cuban government has not been accepting deportations of Cuban nationals from the U.S. for more than six months, according to I.C.E.
— WLRN Public Media (@WLRN) April 13, 2022
President Trump pulled out of many of the Obama administration’s policies with Cuba saying in 2017,
“Our policy will seek a much better deal for the Cuban people and for the United States of America.
It’s hard to think of a policy that makes less sense than the prior administration’s terrible and misguided deal with the Castro regime.
The outcome of the last administration’s executive action has been only more repression and a move to crush the peaceful democratic movement.
Therefore, effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba.”
Cubans are able to apply for permanent residence after living in the U.S. for one year and a day due to the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966. They are also exempt from Title 42.
According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,
“The Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 (CAA) allows Cuban natives or citizens living in the United States who meet certain eligibility requirements to apply to become lawful permanent residents (get a Green Card).”
By March 2022, there were approximately 40,450 Cuban nationals in the U.S. ICE has confirmed that there is a final order of removal from an immigration court on them.
According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement:
“ICE ERO removes noncitizens from the United States who are subject to a final order of removal.
ERO facilitates the processing of undocumented non-citizens through the immigration court system and coordinates their departure from the United States.
ERO’s robust removal program reduces the number of noncitizen absconders in the U.S.
Removal management involves planning and coordinating removals across the country and developing and implementing strategies to support the return of all removable noncitizens to their country of origin.
ERO removal operations require complex coordination, management, and facilitation efforts to successfully remove/return noncitizens from the United States.
ERO accomplishes this mission through contract/chartered flights and commercial airlines for escorted and unescorted removals.
In collaboration with the ICE HSI Office of International Operations and the Department of State, ERO also works with international partners to successfully execute removal operations.”
The U.S. is being blamed by Cuba’s Foreign Affairs Ministry which has said that the current surge in migrants is the fault of the U.S.
They allege that U.S. policies “encourage illegal and irregular” migration.
WASHINGTON, DC – While red and blue cities and states battle over “sanctuary” immigration status and legality, the Biden White House has openly been forcing all of America to become a “sanctuary country.”
This is the message illustrated in great detail by popular podcast host and Founders Code blogger Denise Simon in a November 25 article titled, “Biden Admin Is Forcing Every City/Town to Be an Illegal Sanctuary.”
Biden Admin Is Forcing Every City/Town To Be An Illegal Sanctuary – Trevor Loudon’s New Zeal Blog https://t.co/yy1Uhkxd9G
— Gil (@Gil00006) November 26, 2021
In the article published on Trevor Loudon’s New Zeal, Simon questions the Biden administration’s immigration enforcement policies, COVID-19 travel restrictions, and lack of border security.
She makes the strong argument that the entire system is designed by the administration to restrict citizens while forcing them to accept illegal immigrants into their communities.
In the article, she wrote:
“Where is the compliance with the law on this?
“Flying into the United States from any foreign country, passengers even though vaccinated with validated proof still go through extreme procedures due to COVID including additional testing, including American citizens returning home. Yet… walking across the Southern border requires… NOTHING. NOTHING. NOTHING.”
Under new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regulations updated on November 24, all air passengers two years of age or older boarding a flight from a foreign country to the United States must receive a COVID-19 test and show a negative test or present documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days. before entering a flight. This requirement applies even if the person has been vaccinated.
Adding to the difficulty of getting tested before a flight, the passenger must obtain the test no more than three days before the flight if vaccinated, and no more than one day before the flight if not vaccinated against the virus.
The process described here is a summary of what is actually a complicated web of regulations and requirements that travelers and airlines must navigate to fly into the United States. The order is 65 pages long.
The CDC states that the new regulations are necessary to protect American citizens from the coronavirus pandemic.
CDC requires all air passengers two years of age or older coming to the United States TO HAVE A NEGATIVE TEST, WTF IS GOING ON AT THE BORDER @JoeBiden
— Robert Joseph (@RobertJ38103988) March 22, 2021
Simon pointed out that strict regulations designed to protect American citizens are being bypassed and ignored by the Biden administration when it comes to immigration enforcement. In fact, the Biden administration has been flying illegal immigrants into communities across the country on “secret,” midnight flights without any approval from any state’s government or citizens.
In October, the administration even admitted to the flights. During a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the administration “flying thousands of migrants from the border to Florida and New York in the middle of the night.”
In a moment of uncommon Washington honesty, Psaki admitted to the flights:
“Well, I’m not sure it’s in the middle of the night but let me tell you what’s happening here.
“Here we are talking about early flights, earlier than you might like to take a flight. It is our legal responsibility to safely care for unaccompanied children until they can be swiftly unified with a parent or a vetted sponsor and that’s something we take seriously.”
There’s only one reason to conduct these flights so late at night…They can offer no justification for it.
— Ron Hanforth (@ronhanforth) October 19, 2021
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Although she only admitted to flying children into the interior U.S., there are sufficient photographs and video in the media to show that adults have also been on those flights.
In early November, the office of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said that more than 70 night-time flights moving migrants from the border landed in Jacksonville since the summer. Larry Keefe, DeSantis’s public safety czar, said:
“Over 70 air charter flights [on] jetliner airliners coming from the southwest border have landed at Jacksonville International Airport.
“On average, there’s 36 passengers on each of these flights. And that has been going on over the course of the summer through September.”
Keefe said Florida was investigating the flights because the state had not been told anything about the illegal aliens on the plane, and had no idea who was being dropped off in their cities:
“We’re in a sad situation of trying to run an investigation. Who is facilitating this travel? How are they getting here? Who are the support people? Who are the sponsors?”
Despite tight restrictions on American citizens flying into the U.S., no such requirements apply to illegal immigrants crossing the southern border in record numbers or being flown into the interior U.S. on the taxpayer’s dime.
.@marcorubio is urging the DHS to reveal details about the flights with illegal immigrants landing in Jacksonville.
Who is being transported?
What is their immigration status?
Have they been tested for COVID-19?https://t.co/uQdjh0wKsF
— Team Marco (@TeamMarco) November 24, 2021
Psaki addressed the issue during a press conference in September, shortly after the President ordered about two-thirds of the country’s workers to be vaccinated. During the presser, she defended the President’s policy not to test illegal immigrants:
“As individuals come across the border, and they are both assessed for whether they have any symptoms, if they have symptoms they are.
“The intention is for them to be quarantined. That is our process, they’re not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time, I don’t think it’s the same thing. It’s not the same thing.
“We are expelling individuals based on Title 42 specifically because of COVID because we want to prevent a scenario where large numbers of people are gathering posing a threat to the community and also to the migrants themselves.”
Title 42 expulsions under the Trump-era law are removals by the U.S. government of persons who have recently been in a country where a communicable disease was present.
In addition to the lack of testing, the Biden administration issued orders through the Department of Homeland Security to severely restrict immigration enforcement. ICE agents are not permitted to enforce immigration in “protected areas,” which include schools, medical facilities, recreation centers, and public demonstrations.
ICE agents are also ordered not to target illegal aliens for arrest and deportation unless they fit three tight categories: a national security threat, imminent risk of harm to another, hot pursuit of a border crosser, imminent risk of criminal evidence being destroyed, and if a safe location does not exist for the illegal immigrant inside the U.S.
— Juan Escalante (@JuanSaaa) September 22, 2021
In the article, Simon writes:
“Those who recently recovered from COVID-19 may travel with documentation of recovery and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or public health official indicating the patient is cleared for travel.
“However, it was just a few months ago that a federal judge blocked portions of Florida law passed in 2019 preventing the entire state of Florida from being a sanctuary state.”
Simon was referring to a court ruling in September that blocked Florida from enforcing a ban on so-called sanctuary cities, declaring portions of a law unconstitutional and tinged with “discriminatory motives.”
The Tampa Bay Times reported at the time:
“The judge’s ruling struck down a key portion of the 2019 law that prohibits local and state officials from adopting ‘sanctuary’ policies for undocumented migrants, a main focus for Gov. Ron DeSantis, who vowed to ban ‘sanctuary cities’ in Florida when running for governor in 2018 even though there were none in the state.
The judge also blocked the state from enforcing a provision in the law that requires law enforcement officers and agencies to ‘use best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law’ when they are acting within their official duties.”
In closing, Simon offered Gov. DeSantis some advice to combat the liberal agenda of creating a “sanctuary country”:
“So, the Biden administration is taking advantage of this ruling by flying into the State of Florida, secretly and without any warning, several dozen flights full of illegal immigrants. Frankly, Governor DeSantis should revoke all landing rights to DHS chartered flights…
“Policies and procedures are NOT law by the way.”
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