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Cuba and U.S. to hold new round of migration talks

edward-lee-josefina-vidalOn Monday, November 30, 2015, a new round of migration talks will take place in Washington between delegations from Cuba and the United States, presided by Ministry of Foreign Relations Director General for the United States Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, and Deputy Assistant Secretaryof State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Edward Alex Lee, respectively.

During the meeting, the two parties will review progress made thus far on Migration Agreements between the countries and discuss cooperation to combat irregular immigration. The Cuban delegation will reiterate its concern regarding the U.S. “wet-foot-dry-foot” policy which encourages illegal immigration to that country and violates the spirit and norms of current accords; as well as its rejection of the Cuban Parole Program for Medical Professionals – which deprives Cuba of vital resources and affects cooperation efforts with other countries – and the Cuban Adjustment Act.

The Cuban delegation will highlight its concern over the rise, a result of the aforementioned policies, of illegal, unsafe and disorderly emigration of citizens who legally leave Cuba and arrive in a first destination country, from where they continue to travel in an irregular fashion to the United States, becoming victims of trafficking networks and organized crime, and creating situations such as that facing Cubans currently amassed in Costa Rica and other countries of the region.

(Cuba­min rex)

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