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NYT: CUBANS MIGRATING TO THE US THROUGH MEXICO

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The Times has an interesting article at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/16/world/americas/16cuba.html?ex=1350273600&en=630414c112e94791&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink on how Cuban immigration to the US is now picking up and that Cubans are increasing coming to the US via Mexico rather than on boat.

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  1. Another voice's Avatar
    These Immigrants have it made all they have to do to get to the american dream is touch US soil. Then they get on the fast track to US citizenship. That is what 40 some years of a Castro dictatorship would get you. I do not mean this post in a bad way people should be able to flee a brutal dictator and search for a better life elsewhere and I am glad that cubans are able to do it and are actually more welcome in the US than any other Latin American Immigrant. I would be looking to come here through Mexico or Mars if it meant not living under Castro and the terrible living conditions these people have to endure. Although their missery and poverty is comparable to other parts of latin America yet their system of government as bad as it is just like the other latin american governments grants them a huge privilege.
  2. A H(uman)1B(eing)'s Avatar
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  3. 's Avatar
    "I would be looking to come here through Mexico or Mars if it meant not living under Castro and the terrible living conditions these people have to endure."

    Can you enlighten us on the "terrible" living conditions? On average people live longer in Cuba than they do in the US. And Cuba places better on the HDI rankings than some European countries.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_Human_Development_Index

    Allowing these people to get US citizenship just looks like another example of a bad immigration policy.
  4. limbo's Avatar
    "Can you enlighten us on the "terrible" living conditions?"

    Ever heard of freedom? If it is so great there, maybe you would volunteer to mover there?
  5. 's Avatar
    "If it is so great there, maybe you would volunteer to mover there?"

    The question is why these people should be allowed in preferentially to everyone else (e.g. Mexicans) not whether you or me should want to go to Cuba.


    "Ever heard of freedom?"

    I call BS. If that was the criteria, it would be just as easy for the Chinese, Tibetans and Iranians who get to the US. Their countries score just as poorly on freedom and significantly worse on human development rankings.


  6. Another voice's Avatar
    Hey guys I was not excusing the US immigration policy towards Cuba I was merley pointing out the fact that it is the reality of today and that is why these immigrants get everything and are US citizens in a matter of 4-5 years. Do they deserve a chance to a better life like any other Immigrant yes, do they have tremendous political power and influence in Washington as a group yes. Just look at the head of naturalization services he is Cuban, secretary of comerce born in Cuba and one of Florida's 2 senator was also born in Cuba. This is the only way that the republicans keep getting the Cuban vote through the elections.
  7. Another voice's Avatar
    "Here's a job Ad sent to me that explicitly states ONLY US Citizens should apply. There are countless such "H1bs need not apply" Ads ( like it was "Irish Need Not apply" sometimes back), though they are politely worded to read "Only US Citizens and Permanent Residents should apply"."

    I am not sure about this but it could be that the job requires some sort of security clearance for national security and the citizenship requirement is wanted on the aplicant. I am not saying that it is bad that they keep qualified people out of applying for the job I am just saying there could be another reason why they are asking for a US citizen only. It also could mean that this company does not want to sonsor an H1B candidate for what ever stupid reason.
  8. yabadaba's Avatar
    http://www.newsweek.com/id/43356
  9. legal-forever-waiting-forever's Avatar
    face it- the whole cuba thing is political. it's not about anyone's freedom. there are worse countries when it comes to opression. the US is in a bind- most thinking people- check even poular polls- support lifting emargoes and flooding the island with money and freedom. that may well expedite the fall of castro. in either case the current policy has failed. BUT the US won't do it...a comination of ego, a stck mindst and a crucial crucial electoral constituency. it is a shame that a country's policy can be held hostage to the whims of a small number of people.
  10. bobzibub's Avatar
    Ahhh, freedom. I remember that. Ironically, before I came to the US, I did not fully appreciate the freedoms I had. The freedom to work for whom one chooses. To exit the country when one chooses. ---The freedom to travel to, of all places, Cuba.--- The freedom to get promotions without fear. The ability to speak politically without that self-conscious pre-speak check. As my Republican friend said: "There may be freedom of speech, but speech has consequences." Mmmm sloganeering!

    Fear: the principal basis of political legitimacy today dispensed via ICE and others (elections haven't being doing the job lately). Will some bureaucrat stamp on the "x-nay" box and not the "OK" box? I don't know. Will we be forced into exile? I don't know. At least we're not swarthy and won't be "disappeared". Orwell & Kafka have written the reviews, but I'm not sure I want to watch this show. I fear government more than terrorists. I fear for my American friends with little sense of history.

    I admit that I've been too smug because if it goes to hell here, we can always walk. Americans, however, should also not be that smug when it comes to Cuba: there are political prisoners, poverty, and political oppression/suppression here too. Just not to the same degree.

    Queue the "Well, why don't you leave" comments. Yada yada yada. Please note that it is my concern for my American friends that I'm really concerned about. The interesting ones that never supported a government they could vote for; who dearly wish for peace but are lost because they have no obvious political means to achieve their goal. Not the vacuous flag wavers: they're on their own.


  11. USC's Avatar
    "Ahhh, freedom"

    Nice post!
  12. Another voice's Avatar
    " bobzibub" while all your points are very valid and true. The main issue that is for debate here is the difference in Immigration Policy towards Cuba and the rest of the world. You could make a case for many people in the world that also endure harsh dictatorships yet there is no "dry feet policy" when it comes to Immigration for them. Cubans are very active politically, they vote and Washington takes notice and wants their votes to win Florida therefore they get a free pass on Immigration.
  13. Another voice's Avatar
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/17/us/17prison.html?ref=us

    Looks like the antis are at it again read this article evry people quoted here associates Illegal Immigrants to criminal activity. That is just streight talk from Lou Dobbs or O'Rilley Factor.
  14. Another voice's Avatar
    Migrants Sent Home $300 Billion in 2006

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/17/AR2007101702163.html
  15. TX's Avatar
    Did anyone see Hannity and Colmes last night? What a loser this Hannity is, trying to point out every violent crime committed by an illegal.....I'm all for deporting the criminal aliens, but it's ridiculous when an idiot like Hannity tries to put all undocumented in the same boat and bring out the evils of illegal immigrations this way. Talk about irresponsible reporting. Most people in the US get their news from people like him and don't try to educate themselves otherwise. These anti's would resort to anything to deport each and every undocumented in this country. It's a fact that undocumented tend to commit less crime then your average citizen, but if you heard Hannity last night, he made it sound like an epidemic.....that if we don't deport all undocumented then we risk losing a lot of citizen to violent crime. This guy is a total loser; I can't believe so many millions listen to him. Fox should be ashamed.
  16. Another voice's Avatar
    I did not see that show last night but that seems to be the strategy of the antis to insert in peoples minds that Illegal Immigrant = Dangerous Criminal playing the scare politics card. Read that article on the link to my previous post(NY Times) the people making the radical proposals on Prince William Virginia are on that same agenda. They say that repetition is the mother of making an opinion a belief, I think that is what the antis are doing to sbaotage permanently any chance for CIR for ever.
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