In the document, Cuban parliamentarians denounced the criminal and immoral character of this legislation enacted 45 years ago, which has brought nothing but death and great suffering to countless generations of Cubans. A law aimed at destabilizing the Cuban government and society by luring Cubans into immigrating illegally to the United States under the promise of political asylum and preferential treatment.
A product of the immense corrupt political machine set up in Miami by Cuban exiles, this practice began being applied in 1966 when the US welcomed with open arms Cuban dictator Batista’s scum as well as dissidents opposing the new revolutionary government of Fidel Castro.
Following the break off of Cuba-US diplomatic ties and the imposition of countless travel restrictions between both countries, the Cuban Adjustment Act was further encouraged, and has remained in force indefinitely. Its purpose has always been that of enticing Cubans to travel to the United States by any means possible, be they legal or not. For many years, US coastguards would pick up Cuban rafters adrift in the sea and bring them to the US. Others were less fortunate and died trying. The worst thing of all is that there are a lot of people in the US, especially the Cuban-American Miami right wing, who have built a multi-million dollar business around the Cuban issue, and are benefiting massively from this tragic situation.
Through lies and media manipulation, they have tried to sell the image of "Cubans fleeing the island to be free in the US," and of the US as a "generous" nation providing unconditional shelter to all of them. Nothing could be further from the truth. And there are plenty of US official statistics to prove it.
The siren songs seducing Cubans to leave the country illegally have been going on for more than four decades now, a situation exacerbated by economic hardship as a result of 50 years of US blockade. However, most illegal immigrants arriving in the US do not come from Cuba; but from elsewhere in Latin America. None of them has ever enjoyed protection, or political asylum or preferential treatment whatsoever. Instead, they are deported at once for violation of immigration laws. How often do we see their plight on the news? Very little. And those who have managed to stay in the US undocumented become the victims of vicious persecution by US immigration service authorities.
The United States continue to encourage Cubans to flee the country only to make Cuba look bad before the world and to keep the show running. Under this criminal policy, many people, including women, children and elderly─ many of whom were denied travel visas by the US─ have recklessly risked their lives. On the even more chaotic side, this situation has increased human and drug trafficking dramatically.
In 1994-1995, US-Cuba immigration accords were signed, stipulating that the US would grant more visas to Cuban citizens in an effort to halt illegal immigration. The accords alleviated the problem somewhat; but they did not go far enough. Their application continued biased given that the US government never stopped using immigration as a political weapon against Cuba. Moreover, the Cuban Adjustment Act remains a flagrant violation of US-Cuba travel accords. Not to mention the transmission of propaganda against the Cuban government from Miami-based radio and TV stations which, according to international accords is also illegal, but nonetheless approved by Washington year after year.
The US government must put an immediate end to this irresponsible and criminal practice, which endangers not only the lives of Cubans and Latin Americans; but the interests of US citizens alike.
If the US government is so willing to grant permanent residency to any Cuban who touches US soil, be it legally or illegally, then they should be able to issue visas to anyone who wants to emigrate without having to flaunt the laws of both countries.