U.S. – Cuba Diplomacy: Will this Jeopardize Green Cards?

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“Many more people are going to try to come to the United States from Cuba because of the overall fear that soon the welcoming door will be shut,” said Cutiño. Yoandri Usatorres Cutiño arrived in Miami on January second after crossing the border to Texas on New Year’s Day.

Many people fear that the restoration of the diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba will bring an end to the preferred legal entry for Cuban immigrants.

The Cuban Adjustment Act has allowed for hundreds of Cuban immigrants and refugees from the island to obtain green cards after they settle in the United States.  They are eligible to apply for a green card after one year and one day after reaching American soil. Those who are picked up at sea are simply returned to Cuba.

A lot would have to be done to repeal the Cuban Adjustment Act. The president and Congress would have to determine that Cuba has a democratically elected government.

Improved relations between the U.S. and Cuba may have an impact on the Cuban Adjustment Act. The president’s efforts to normalize relations with the Castro regime would seem to indicate that the human rights situation in Cuba has improved, when in fact it has deteriorated.

It is still unclear what impact the Cuba policy shift will have on the Cuban Adjustment Act.