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Published Date: Saturday 7 September 2019 - 15:02:30
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ICE deports 120 Cubans: a turning point in U.S.-Cuba relations

ICE deports 120 Cubans: a turning point in U.S.-Cuba relations
World  - The Trump administration deported 120 Cuban immigrants in one fell swoop last week, even though many had passed credible fear interviews and said they would face violence and persecution if they were sent back, US media reported.

The U.S. and Cuba signed an agreement in January 2017, during the last days of the Obama administration, requiring Cuba to accept all of its citizens who are deported from the U.S. or who are in the U.S. without authorization - a drastic shift from the "wet foot, dry foot" policy that granted legal protections to virtually all Cuban migrants who set foot on U.S. soil.

But the agreement doesn't require Cuba to accept anyone the U.S. wants to deport. Instead, the Cuban government has 90 days to decide whether to accept a deportee. If they don't, ICE can't deport them. There was at least one other immigrant who was scheduled to be deported that day but was taken off the list at the last minute because of a "paperwork glitch," according to the US media.

The recent deportation was just the beginning, according to two federal sources. There are more than 37,000 Cubans in the U.S. with deportation orders, many of whom are required to check in with ICE a few times a year. But attorneys told the media that a growing number of people are being arrested during these check-ins.

 

News Code: 28192
Published Date: Saturday 7 September 2019 - 15:02:30
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