Saturday, January 30, 2016

Cuba’s Next Flood Of Immigrants Arrives

Border: Mere months after easing restrictions on Cuba, the U.S. is now reaping its inevitable reward: We send them tourists with millions of dollars, and Cuba sends us poverty-stricken refugees. Some deal.
Cubans Surge Into Mexico, Southern United States
A new report says that at least 7,000 Cuban “refugees” are expected to reach the Texas border in coming days. Virtually all of them are arriving from Central America, where they have been welcomed with less than open arms by governments that want nothing to do with a refugee crisis. The U.S. still has favorable immigration laws for Cubans, so they’re coming before the law changes — which it almost certainly will.
Last year, 43,000 Cubans entered the U.S., nearly doubling the 24,000 of a year earlier. As recently as 2011, a mere 7,000 or so entered.
And the tide is growing. Aided by the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act, there really is no such thing as a Cuban illegal immigrant. All they have to do is arrive here. Indeed, the law is so loose that anyone claiming even a single parent born in Cuba can gain legal residency here. The Cuban Adjustment Act, passed during the Cold War, was intended to induce Cuba’s best and brightest to leave the island communist dictatorship ruled by Fidel Castro and his brother, Raul, for nearly 60 years. And it worked.
Now it’s being exploited by Cuba’s government. Those coming here aren’t the freedom seekers of 50 years ago. They’re mostly economic refugees, seeking jobs or taking advantage of the U.S.’ extraordinarily generous welfare benefits.
This underscores not just the moral bankruptcy of President Obama’s Cuban policy, but also the willingness of our so-called neighbors, such as Mexico, to dump their own problems on the U.S.
Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE.

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