Expect an Increase in Cubans Illegally Entering the U.S.

Cuba is reported to be liberalizing its policies on issuing passports to its citizens so they can travel abroad, according to a Reuters report. So, expect to see a surge in Cubans showing up along the U.S. border seeking asylum.

Under current U.S. practice – termed the wet-foot, dry-foot policy – once Cubans set foot on U.S. soil they are paroled into the country and a year later become legal permanent residents as refugees under the terms of the Cuban Adjustment Act. We are still implementing a Cold War policy by considering all Cubans to be fleeing political persecution even though we know that is not true and are sending Cubans intercepted at sea back to Cuba.

What the new Cuban policy will mean is that it will be easier for more Cubans to travel as tourists to Mexico or Central America and then to make their way to the U.S. border. This liberalization by the Cuban government should be seen by the administration as an urgent warning to halt the discretionary program of waiving into the United States Cubans who arrive without legal entry permits. The Cuban Adjustment Act should be repealed also, but it becomes moot if the Cubans are not allowed to stay in the United States if they come illegally.

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    Legal American in Ky on

    Why are we importing poverty? If we continue with our open borders policy we will never be able to know how many “moochers” are in our country. We cannot feed an unlimited population. The “melting pot is full”. We don’t have enough jobs or food to support the number of people that are already here. We will become a third world country like Africa where people are dying from the lack of food and control of the population. We will be fighting each other for survival. Should all people serving in congress be natural born in America citizens? Should birthright citizenship apply only to children born of legal American citizens?

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    Guess since we’ve allowed most of Mexico to sneak in, we’ll now have Cuba followed by all the island nations. The third world is closing in fast. I have yet to see any good in diversity. The Cubans will be like so many others. When visas expire, they’ll just stay because they know Washington won’t do a thing about it.

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      I’d Say a 14.7% U6 Unemployment Rate With the U4/U5 Giveup Groups Added In

      Makes our unemployment rate today about the same as the 25% during the Great Depression and the way the 25% was counted back then too. We are already 3rd world in that respect.