US Government Refuses to Revise Cuban Adjustment Law

Washington, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) The US government has dismissed the idea that the US Congress will revise the Cuban Adjustment Law, which gives Cuban citizens migratory preference, according to the US White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

Earnest’s response was addressed to a demand by nine Latin American countries that US President Barack Obama reexamine US policy promoting illegal migration of Cuban citizens.

In a letter, which was released two days ago, the Foreign Ministers of Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru made a request to revise the Cuban Adjustment Law and the ‘dry feet/wet feet policy’ as a first step to stopping the situation.

The document emphasizes that these countries consider it to be ‘pertinent to analyze and check the politics and American regulations that lead Cuban citizens to risk their lives trying to reach US territory.’

In the opinion of the General Manager of the United States of the Cuban Foreign Affairs Ministry, Josefina Vidal, the Cuban Adjustment Law and the politics of ‘dry feet wet feet’ contradict the letter and the spirit of the migratory agreements between Cuba and the United States, and constitute the main stimulus to illegal emigration, people trafficking, the irregular entry to the United States of Cuban citizens across third countries and the fraud of migratory documents.

The official of the Cuban chancellery underline that this law offers Cuban citizens the ‘preferential, exclusive and only treatment that no other citizenship in the world receives.’

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