A TALE OF TWO MIGRATION FLOWS

Aug

18

2016

Last week U.S President Barack Obama announced sensible plans to the influx of migrants coming from Central America. One of the noteworthy is an expansion of a program, which lets children who are in danger in EL Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala to apply for immigration as refugees if they have parents living in the US legally. Those who are granted immigration under this rule will be allowed to bring their siblings and caregiver with them to the U.S. Mover over; Costa Rica has taken a step forward to take care of up to 200 refugees who are in immense danger as the wait for their approval to immigration to the US. These changes affect only few of the people while U.S is already taking control of thousands of people who are trying to move to the US illegally from these countries and many of them are being apprehended on the Mexican border.

Even as the administration tries to find new ways to address migration from Central America, it is unwilling to change the policies from Cubans and many are still able to reach the American soil and live permanently under the 1996 law and policies adopted in 1990s.

The way Cubans are treated in the US is unjustifiable in comparison to the people coming from Central America. Some Cubans who are recently admitted to the US already have a second passport and some even return to the island once they before US permanent resident. Where as, this is not the case with the people coming from Central America.

The officials of Obama administration say that they are unwilling to change this because it might cause a huge rush to get into the US before the policy become strict.

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