U.S.-Cuba Immigration Talks Resume

U.S.-Cuba Immigration Talks Resume

u.s.-cuba relationsThe New York Times reported yesterday that a meeting between the U.S. and Cuba officials is scheduled for February 19, 2010 to resume negotiations between the two governments to reduce the immigration of its nationals fleeing the island and endangering their lives at sea to reach the U.S.

Under U.S. immigration and maritime laws, Cubans apprehended at sea are sent back.  However, Cubans who make it to the U.S. can apply for permanent residence (green card) under the Cuban Adjustment Act.

The details of the agreement will have to be worked out, but the Cuban government’s position is that an agreement with the U.S. to reduce Cuban immigration at sea would combat human trafficking.

On the other hand, the American government’s position is that it will continue its policy of granting immigration benefits such as parole and permanent residence to Cubans who arrive in the U.S. from sea as long as the Cuban government remains Communist.

For an agreement such as this to be official policy, some major concessions from both governments will need to be made.

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