A Miami Herald op-ed today by the premier pro-embargo lobbyist argues, as one might expect, against any changes in current
I will be getting into the broader travel debate soon, but here I want to treat a myth that appears in this article and in some discussions by Administration officials – that Cubans who come to America are “asylum seekers,” i.e. they gain entry based on a claim of persecution. Based on that falsehood, the article goes on to argue that Cuban Americans should not have an unrestricted right to return to the island for family visits. It is cheeky if not hypocritical, the argument goes, to demand a right to visit
The problem is that relatively few Cuban immigrants (22 percent of Cuban immigrants in 2003-2005, the last three years for which data are available), enter in the legal category of refugees or asylees – i.e. by claiming they would be persecuted if returned home.
Why? Because they don’t have to. Successive U.S. Administrations have adopted a policy of admitting Cubans who arrive on
There is plenty to debate about