USA Pledges $1 MIL To Help Migrating Cuban Illegals

Cubans staying in January at a Costa Rican school near the border with Nicaragua. Credit Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

Illegal Cubans get shelter, food, mattresses, while homeless American citizens sleep on sidewalks.

United States is now funding illegal immigration…?

From NY Times:  In January, the United States pledged $1 million to help provide temporary shelter, potable water, food, sanitation and hygiene kits to thousands of Cubans who were stranded in Costa Rica while trying to make their way to the American border.

Meanwhile, thousands of homeless American citizens and veterans in desperate need of food, shelter and healthcare sleep in the streets.

Homeless in New York

Homeless in New York

Nicaragua figured out a way to close their border – why can’t the US?

Tens of thousands of Cubans have been arriving each year to the southwestern United States border after making an arduous journey by land through eight nations. But Nicaragua put a stop to the exodus by refusing them passage in November, causing a bottleneck of about 8,000 Cubans in Costa Rica and 3,000 in Panama.

The Costa Rican government was forced to open 29 shelters in schools, fire stations and other locations around the country where the Cubans are fed and sleep on mats on the floor. Some 2,000 Cubans remain.

 Shelters in Mexico are beginning to ask why aren’t they also receiving funding from the US? 

The United States contributed to the effort through the International Organization for Migration, eliciting criticism that it was helping Cubans on their journey north at the same time it was blocking other migrants.

The U.S. has not changed the Cuban Adjustment Act, which allows any Cuban who merely touches U.S. soil to legally stay and become a permanent resident. That continues to lure Cubans to the U.S., something the Cuban government wants to end.

David North, a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, said any debate that arises over the donation boils down to questions about the Cuban Adjustment Act, the 1966 law that gives Cubans the right to enter the United States, even if they paid illegal smugglers to make the journey.  The Cuban government has consistently pressured Washington to do away with the law, which many people feel encourages illegal and dangerous journeys by land and sea.

“I just don’t think we should be encouraging people by funding even this rudimentary shelter in Costa Rica,” Mr. North said.

What are the benefits – or risks – to the USA, for “normalizing” relations with a communist government?

Representative Carlos Curbelo, a Republican in South Florida who has introduced legislation to eliminate welfare aid for Cuban migrants, said President Obama was to blame for the migration crisis because he had normalized relations with Cuba, but Mr. Curbelo said the donation was important anyway to support a major partner in the region.

(Via NY Times)


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