The charge comes in a foreign ministry statement claiming that with 10,724 visas granted by June 30, the
The U.S. Interests Section says it is “unable to issue 20,000 travel documents to Cuban nationals” because Cuba will not allow the United States to send enough personnel and supplies to Cuba, and will not authorize the hiring of local personnel to fill 47 jobs in the U.S. consulate.
A statement from the Interests Section says
That contrasts slightly with the policy stated in 2002 by the State Department spokesman that “the
I can’t find data on how many immigrant visas have been issued in
Each side has perennial complaints about the other’s conduct under the migration accords.
My hunch is that in spite of the rotten state of bilateral relations, and in spite of serious spats over the specifics of the migration accords, the two sides will not walk away from the accords and will continue to abide by their basic elements.
The Cuban foreign ministry statement sees things differently; failure to issue the 20,000 visas would be a “gift” to the “Cuban American mafia and its representatives in Congress,” it says. It goes on to wonder about President Bush’s musings about Vaclav Havel’s thoughts about freedom, stability, and change in
Can’t blame them for that – even paranoids have enemies, as the saying goes.
But the migration policy that draws complaints in
And if someone is really suggesting now that a little instability in