Friday, September 30, 2022

Biden Tries to Explain Border Surge by Claiming Migrants are ‘fleeing communism’'; U.S. Embassy in Cuba to Process Full Immigrant Visas in 2023

Biden tries to explain border surge by claiming migrants are ‘fleeing communism’:
President Biden defended his management of the US-Mexico border crisis Tuesday by claiming that record-high illegal border crossings are because people are “fleeing communism” — despite the fact that most migrants are not.
Biden spoke after US Customs and Border Protection said about 158,000 migrants were caught in August, bringing the 11-month tally so far for fiscal 2022 to more than 2.15 million.
Biden invoked “communism” despite the fact that just 35% of migrants in August left the authoritarian socialist governments of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
“There are fewer immigrants coming from Central America and from Mexico. This is a totally different circumstance,” Biden said at the White House when a reporter asked why “the border [is] more overwhelmed under your watch.”
“What’s on my watch now is Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua,” Biden claimed. “And the ability to send them back to those states is not rational.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also attributed the migrant influx to “communism” — rather than “pull” factors associated with Biden’s more relaxed border policies.
“These people are fleeing communism,” Jean-Pierre said. “Falling authoritarian regimes in Venezuela as well as Nicaragua and Cuba are causing a new migration challenge across the western hemisphere. So what we’re seeing is a new pattern.” --->READ MORE HERE
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U.S. Embassy in Cuba to process full immigrant visas in 2023:
The Biden administration said Wednesday that the U.S. Embassy in Cuba will begin processing full immigrant visas in early 2023, making it easier for Cubans to reunite with family members in the United States.
The embassy in Havana had last processed full immigrant visas in 2017. The U.S. government will also stop requiring Cubans seeking visas in family preference categories to travel to Georgetown, Guyana, for their interviews.
Additional government personnel will staff the embassy to handle the visa requests. The added personnel are part of the commitment stemming from the resumption of the Cuban Family Reunification Parole program last month. The 2007 program enables U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to apply for their family members in Cuba to come to the U.S. sooner than conventionally allowed.
Under accords with Cuba, the U.S. has committed to ensuring the legal migration of at least 20,000 Cubans annually, not including immediate relatives of U.S. citizens. --->READ MORE HERE
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