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Cuba Holds World Record For Visa Applications Rejected By The United States

Cuba Holds World Record For Visa Applications Rejected By The United States

14ymedio, Luz Escobar/Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 25 March 2017 – Maria,
59, has a daughter in Miami she hasn’t seen for six years. Her visa
applications have been denied three times and she promised herself that
she would never “step foot in” the US consulate in Havana again.

Cuba… Continue reading

Total Uncertainty Among Families Of Cuban ‘Rafters’ Recently Arrived In The United States

Total Uncertainty Among Families Of Cuban ‘Rafters’ Recently Arrived In
The United States / 14ymedio, Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 16 March 2017 — A call from Cuba finally
let Yandry Perez relax. His aunt had alerted him through an interrupted
phone call from the north of Villa Clara, that for two days the
whereabouts of his mother and… Continue reading

Cuban families desperately seek information on relatives who arrived on a go-fast boat

Cuban families desperately seek information on relatives who arrived on
a go-fast boat
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

The call from Cuba ended with a sense of dread for Yandry Pérez.

His aunt warned him through the interrupted telephone call from Villa
Clara, in central Cuba, that the whereabouts of his mother and two
younger brothers had been unknown for… Continue reading

Otto Rivero’s March 2nd

Otto Rivero’s March 2nd / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 2 March 2017 — Otto Rivero directed the
most powerful entity in Cuba at the beginning of this century, the
Battle of Ideas, but was ousted by Raúl Castro a few months after the
latter assumed the presidency. Now, the former youth leader has emerged
from his “pajama… Continue reading

It’s only a drill Guantánamo rehearses Caribbean migrant crisis

It’s only a drill: Guantánamo rehearses Caribbean migrant crisis

Hundreds of U.S. forces are rehearsing a migrant crisis this week at the
U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a massive multimillion dollar
drill that envisions the United States capturing huge numbers of people
in the Caribbean bound for the United States — and how the military,
State Department and… Continue reading

U.S. deports first Cubans since end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’

U.S. deports first Cubans since end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Two Cuban women who were deemed “inadmissible” for entry to the United
States were placed on a morning flight to Havana on Friday, becoming the
first to be deported since the Jan. 12 elimination of an immigration
policy known as “wet foot, dry foot.”… Continue reading

Cuban emigration – causes and incentives

Cuban emigration: causes and incentives
DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 24 de Enero de 2017 – 10:40 CET.

From the 16th century until the first half of the 20th Cuba was a
country of immigrants. In spite of the close relationship with the
United States, in 1959 the number of Cubans in the latter country did
not exceed 125,000.… Continue reading

An end to wet foot, dry foot

An end to wet foot, dry foot
The outgoing American president makes it harder for Donald Trump to undo
the rapprochement with Cuba
Jan 21st 2017 | HAVANA AND MEXICO CITY

Floating to Florida is now futile
AMONG a group of young men gathered in a tin-roofed telephone-repair
shop in Havana, the topic of conversation is how to leave Cuba.… Continue reading

The Mummified Corpse Of A Rafter, Witness Of The Migratory Drama

The Mummified Corpse Of A Rafter, Witness Of The Migratory Drama /
14ymedio, Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 19 January 2017 — A picture of the Virgin
of Regla, the identity cards of two brothers and a mummified corpse of a
Cuban moored alongside the remains of a raft is the only evidence that
remained of the six men… Continue reading

Dry or Wet? Thinking with our Feet

Dry or Wet? Thinking with our Feet / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 17 January 2017 — The announcement of
the end of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, which gave Cuban immigrants
the special privilege of remaining in the US without being deported,
just by touching American soil, ended Thursday, 12 January 2017, like a
cold drizzle… Continue reading

U.S Deports 71 Cubans Detained Before Reversal of Wet Foot-Dry Foot Policy

U.S Deports 71 Cubans Detained Before Reversal of Wet Foot-Dry Foot
Policy / EFE, 14ymedio

EFE (via 14ymedio) Miami , 16 January 2017 – A total of 71 Cubans were
deported this Sunday after being detained in ­­­­­the Florida Straits
seeking to enter the country days before the U.S government announced
the change in immigration policy toward Cubans, the Coast… Continue reading

Cubans bemoan end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’ immigration policy

Cubans bemoan end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’ immigration policy
ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON and JENNIFER KAY
Associated PressJanuary 17, 2017

MIAMI (AP) — In a hotel room in suburban Miami, Luis Alberto Rodriguez
wept when he heard that a government policy granting residency to Cubans
who arrive on U.S. soil was ending. That means it could take two years
or… Continue reading

Don’t expect Trump to reinstate special immigration status for Cubans

Don’t expect Trump to reinstate special immigration status for Cubans
BY PATRICIA MAZZEI, LESLEY CLARK AND NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
pmazzei@miamiherald.com

For all the bluster Miami’s Cuban-American Republicans in Congress
delivered after President Barack Obama’s stunning decision Thursday to
dispose of a decades-old U.S. policy favoring Cuban immigrants, the
likelihood of President-elect Donald Trump reversing the decision seems
almost nonexistent.

And… Continue reading

Deciphering the new U.S. policies that affect Cuban migrants

Deciphering the new U.S. policies that affect Cuban migrants
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

From the streets of Havana to the Mexican border with the United States
to South Florida, there was a new immigration reality Friday, the day
after the Obama administration said Cubans would no longer be allowed to
enter the United States without visas.

It turned on its… Continue reading

Relatives in Miami wait anxiously to see if Cuban loved ones make it into U.S.

Relatives in Miami wait anxiously to see if Cuban loved ones make it
into U.S.
BY CHABELI HERRERA AND ABEL FERNANDEZ
cherrera@miamiherald.com

Dozens of Cuban families in South Florida waiting for relatives without
visas to arrive by land, air or sea were still trying to sort out what
the abrupt change in immigration policy would mean for their loved ones.… Continue reading

South Florida immigrants react to end of special treatment for Cubans

South Florida immigrants react to end of special treatment for Cubans
BY JACQUELINE CHARLES AND LEÓN HERNÁNDEZ
JCHARLES@MIAMIHERALD.COM

After more than two decades of denouncing the unfairness of U.S.
immigration policy that allowed Cubans to go free — but not them —if
they reached land, some immigrant groups are celebrating President
Obama’s decision to end the special privilege.

But the… Continue reading

Packed up and desperate to leave, some Cubans now have no place to go

Packed up and desperate to leave, some Cubans now have no place to go
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

Havana resident Yeny Varela sobbed when she heard on national television
that the so-called wet foot, dry foot policy had ended effective
immediately.

Repatriated to Cuba from Mexico in 2014 after a month-and-a-half trek
from Ecuador, she had finally saved up… Continue reading

Undocumented Cuban migrants now face voluntarily return, deportation or asylum

Undocumented Cuban migrants now face voluntarily return, deportation or
asylum
BY ALFONSO CHARDY
achardy@elnuevoherald.com

For decades, American immigration authorities have essentially greeted
Cuban migrants who have arrived on U.S. soil without visas as if they
were documented immigrants — detaining them briefly only for background
checks and then quickly admitting them into the country with an
automatic parole certificate, which… Continue reading

Despair among Cubans just starting out in the U.S.

Despair among Cubans just starting out in the U.S.
BY JOHANNA A. ÁLVAREZ
jaalvarez@elnuevoherald.com

A grave silence hung over the office of the program for immigrants and
refugees of Church World Service, the resettlement agency in Doral that
helps Cubans and other immigrants begin their new life in the United States.

Those who went to the office on Friday morning,… Continue reading

Wet Foot-Dry Foot Policy for Cubans Eliminated

Wet Foot-Dry Foot Policy for Cubans Eliminated / 14ymedio, Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 12 January 2017 – [Note: This is an
extended version of an article that appeared earlier today.] The Obama
administration ended the “wet foot/dry foot” policy that allowed Cuban
citizens to stay in the the United States as long as they touched land
in that… Continue reading

Obama Eliminates Wet Foot-Dry Foot Policy For Cuban Immigrants

Obama Eliminates Wet Foot-Dry Foot Policy For Cuban Immigrants / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Miami, 12 January 2017 –The Obama administration today put an
end to the “wet foot/dry foot” policy, which allowed Cubans to obtain
permanent residence one year after arriving in the United States, even
if they arrive illegally, as long as they manage to touch land in the
country.… Continue reading

Obama ‘screwed’ us, angry Cuban migrants say

Obama ‘screwed’ us, angry Cuban migrants say
BY THE MANILA TIMES ON JANUARY 13, 2017

PANAMA CITY: “Obama has screwed all Cubans,” Yadiel Cruz, a Cuban in
Panama bitterly told Agence France-Presse on Thursday upon learning the
US president has suddenly made it tougher for migrants like him to get
into America.

The 33-year-old summed up what many compatriots were… Continue reading

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