October 9, 2008

WAIT, IT MEANS WE'LL GET FEWER CUBANS?:

End the US-Cuba embargo: It's a win-win: Normalizing ties would be smart policy and politics. (Jennifer Gerz-Escandon, October 9, 2008, CS Monitor)
Finally, a key component of renewing relations is ending illicit emigration. At issue is the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act, amended in 1995. It encourages disaffected Cubans to risk their lives for the reward of an expedited path to US citizenship upon reaching American soil. They also receive immediate access to a work permit and the ability to acquire residency in one year. A 2002 article from The Miami Herald reported that 1 in 20 Cubans being smuggled to the shores of the United States dies in the attempt. Meanwhile, smugglers collect up to $10,000 a person. Retiring the "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy and normalizing immigration laws could stop the Cuban brain drain, end charges of a US immigration double standard, and save hundreds of millions of dollars for the US taxpayers who must fund four different agencies to implement this policy.
We owe the Cuban people a double standard after betraying them to Castro. There should be no numerical restrictions on their coming here. Posted by Orrin Judd at October 9, 2008 3:19 PM
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