The Ministry of the Interior informed this Friday of the repatriation of 37 Cubans from Mexico. With the 8 women and 29 men returned to the island by air, there are already 232 Cubans expelled this year from the Aztec country.
The expulsion occurred one day before the visit to Campeche by Miguel Díaz-Canel, who was decorated by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador despite the rejection caused by his presence in the country.
Twenty-six of the repatriates had arrived in various Central American countries legally and, later, “joined irregular routes to try to reach the border with the United States,” the Cuban authorities said in their report.
In addition, other people “left the country illegally,” they specified. The statement warns that the official position of the Island is to bet on “a regular, safe and orderly migration” and insists on “the danger and risk conditions for life that illegal departures from the country by sea represent.”
Washington implemented a policy earlier this year to welcome to 30,000 monthly migrants from Cuba, Nicaragua, Haiti, in addition to Venezuela. In parallel, he announced that he will immediately expel migrants from those countries who attempt to cross into its territory irregularly to Mexico.
At the beginning of this year, Washington implemented a policy to welcome 30,000 migrants per month from Cuba, Nicaragua, Haiti, as well as Venezuela.
The Administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, for its part, agreed to admit 30,000 migrants a month who are expelled from US territory.
The updated data offered by the US authorities indicates that in January the entry of irregular migrants from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua through the southern border of the US was 14,941 people, 6,433 of them were nationals of the Island.
A report from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), published on January 20, reported that the new measure “will reduced the arrival of Cubans on the northern border of Mexico by 97.5%” and the “flow of Haitians was close to zero”.
The acting director of the Department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Troy Miller, ratified last Friday in a statement the reduction of the crossing of Cubans from Mexico. “The new border control measures are working, with evidence of the fewest apprehensions made by Border Patrol agents at points of entry since February 2021,” the official stressed.
According to January figures, the Border Patrol “detained 156,274 irregular migrants”, almost 40% less than the 251,978 in December 2022. The document indicates that “64,499 people, 41.3% of the total, were processed for deportation under Title 42, while 91,775 irregular migrants were processed under Title 8”.
Through the CBP One application, the report underlines, “more than 20,000 people have scheduled an appointment and the main nationalities that have done so are Venezuelans and Haitians. Late last month, CNN published that more than 4,700 Cubans had been authorized to travel through the new parolealong with 2,000 Haitians and 800 Nicaraguans.
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