Sun Aug 7, 2016 12:54pm EDT
HAVANA | BY MARC FRANK - Reuters
Havana on Sunday blamed Washington for a surge of Cubans trying to reach the United States by land and sea, accusing the Obama administration of encouraging illegal and unsafe immigration.
Tens of thousands of Cubans over the last two years have flocked to the U.S.-Mexican border and taken to the sea in hopes of reaching Florida, fearing a growing detente between the Cold War foes will lead to a change in U.S. policy.
Under a 1960s law, the Cuban Adjustment Act, the Communist-run country’s citizens are treated as legal immigrants if they set foot on U.S. soil, while migrants from any other land are considered illegal.
A government statement carried by local media and announcing the arrival of 14 Cubans deported by Colombia, said they were the “victims of the politicization of the migration issue by the U.S. government which stimulates illegal and unsafe immigration.”
The government said its citizens “receive differential treatment ... they are immediately and automatically admitted ... including if they arrived by illegal means.”
The statement said the policy contradicted normalization efforts.
JG: As long as Cuba continues trusting Barack Obama, they will continue receiving more of the same shitty attitude from the current White House occupant. Cuba can expect more of the same treatment from Hillary Clinton. Thant is why I am going with the Green Party candidate on November 8.