A senior Cuban official said that the United States and Cuban officials met this week in Washington to take a tentative step toward thawing relations and recommencing mutual efforts to address undocumented migration. It was the top-level meeting between the two nations in the last four years. Both officials also met to determine whether Cuba agreed to start accepting Cuban deportees.
This week Cuban and the United States officials met to discuss a record number of arriving Cuban migrants at the Mexico-US border. Both countries’ officials also discussed where Cuba is ready to start accepting Cuban exiles. pic.twitter.com/CuS9nxKAga
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Ned Price, the U.S. State Department spokesperson, told reporters that the talks aimed to promote legal and safe migration between the two nations. They also discussed solutions to address the issue of returns and deportation of citizens. However, United States officials refused to share further details. On the other hand, the Cuban Foreign Ministry released a statement echoing Cuban concerns over the United States’ moves that hinder orderly and legal migration.
The statement also insisted that the United States honor a commitment to issue twenty-thousand annual visas for Cubans to migrate to the U.S. Trump government halted that process. Cuban officials stressed that there is no justification for the continuous interruption o the visa service. Furthermore, the U.S. State Department said it would start processing some visas for Cuban nationals in Havana and cutting the backlog after a four-year break. Cuba’s administration has a history of rejecting people returned or deported from the U.S.
What is the deportation procedure?
During a procedure at an immigration court, deportation orders are usually issued after a foreigner violates the visa terms if found to be convicted of a crime or undocumented. If the judge sentences prison to a person for a crime, they may deported after serving a sentence. Nations that don’t negotiate or don’t follow these written contracts and deny accepting their citizens back are deemed uncooperative or recalcitrant.
Before the U.S. can deport somebody, the other nation must agree to receive the deportee. So, there must be a governmentally final deportation or removal order, and the person must have an official travel document from the foreign government.
Is Cuba on the United States recalcitrant nations list?
A nation is placed on the list of recalcitrant or uncooperative countries if it refuses to allow United States removal flights into the country or because it refuses or postpones the instance of travel documents, like a passport. During the second term of former Democratic President Barack Obama, twenty-three countries were put on the uncooperative or recalcitrant list with deportations. However, under the former Republican President Donald Trump administration, the number decreased to just nine.