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Cubans With Family in US Get Fast-Track Visas

Under the Cuban Family Reunification Program, the US will start speedily processing visa applications for Cubans who have relatives living in America. Instead of taking three to seven years to receive visas, Cubans will get them in a matter of months. While the US often has no problem splitting up families when an immigrant has been here for decades illegally, it does take familial considerations into account when granting Cubans fast-track visas.

The US takes a unique stance toward Cuban immigration. An old agreement between the two countries allows for 20,000 legal Cuban immigrants per year. The Family Reunification Program will not add to that number. Once Cubans immigrate to America, they are only allowed to return home once every three years.

There are so many layers to the immigration issue, and I find it interesting that US policy differs from home country to home country. What factors should matter most when deciding which nation's immigrants are more sympathetic, or more deserving of fast-track visas?


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Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
I don't know all the details of the regulations, but family members of legal immigrants generally get preferred or expedited processing. That's why it leads to what they all "chain migration". One family member immigrates, then all their sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles and fourth cousins twice removed have a toehold. The Philippines is a former US unincorporated territory, so perhaps that gives them some preferential treatment. I know we have a lot of Filipino people at work. I have absolutely no problem with giving preference to political refugees. I also consider it a "plus" if the immigrating group has a history of integrating effectively into American society, as the Cubans seem to. They have a higher median income and rate of college education than all other Hispanic immigrant groups.
Matdredalia Matdredalia 9 years
missmarina20 - I can completely understand where you're coming from. I'm not going to get into all the problems I've had with the system, but if it's any indication, I'm a US born citizen, the daughter of a veteran, and yet my passport file was flagged and I spent two months jumping through hoops having to try to verify my identity and having to provide everything from my entire work history to every single place I've ever lived, went to school, and the names, birthdays, and place of birth of every single one of my immediate family members. They even wanted to know where I was freaking baptized! It's pretty damned irritating that I can't even get a simple thing like a passport taken care of easily (I even paid something like $120 extra to get it expedited), and yet Cubans are getting fast-tracked immigration. Not to mention the drama with my husband. That's just, uggh. However, I do think we need to take the rest of the world into account. Yes, we need to take care of our own first so that our country has the ability to help others, and no, we should not be giving others preferential treatment, but I do think as human beings we have an obligation to help others.
Matdredalia Matdredalia 9 years
The problem I have with this is that while I think it is a very good thing to help people break free of a dictatorship, people who are seeking asylum (as in, they're fleeing to the US from things like honor killings, genitalia mutilation, forced marriage, rape, murder, etc.) are treated extremely poorly. They are held in prison-like environments while they wait to be accepted or denied. While I understand that letting refugees into the society could be hazardous, especially with the risk of terrorists and other infidels, I don't think that treating them as if they have committed some kind of crime is the answer. I think it's wrong that we're now fast-tracking Cuban immigration while still treating people who are basically victims, like common criminals. I also find it kind of depressing that Cubans are getting some kind of special treatment above other immigrants. I'm fighting just to be able to see my husband because he's British and he was denied entrance into America for no reason, other than someone in customs was having a bad day. Now, not only did they not let him in, they blacklisted him from the visa waiver program, which is going to cause all kinds of trouble with his immigration application, yippee! Kind of ironic that they seem to have such a problem with letting a citizen of our closest allied country into our borders, but citizens from a country that we have a VERY trouble history with are now getting fast tracked. Even though I admit it irritates me, I have to say that I'm happy for these families. I can relate to what they've been through, and I really do wish them the best, regardless of how I feel about the policies.
missmarina20 missmarina20 9 years
niceee. too bad america doesnt give a shit about the ones who were born here. f-us! open the doors to all the immigrants and treat them better! oh and before anyone says im stupid for this, I dont care. My parents are immigrants, BUT i think america needs to take care of its own people FIRST, then immigrants.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
undave thats from clueless silly!
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I agree with some of your comments Cabaker, but I also want to stress that nowhere on Lady Liberty does it say "Come in under the fences and without registering." :)
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
sorry tia! thats the first thing that occured to me when I read your comment! :)
tiabia tiabia 9 years
:rotfl: cabaker!!!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Read the other post? All you have to do is read this post: "While the US often has no problem splitting up families when an immigrant has been here for decades illegally,"
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
"So like, right now for example. The Haitians need to come to America. But some people are all, "What about the strain on our resources?" Well it's like when I had this garden party for my father's birthday, right? I put R.S.V.P. 'cause it was a sit-down dinner. But some people came that like did not R.S.V.P. I was like totally buggin'. I had to haul ass to the kitchen, redistribute the food, and squish in extra place settings. But by the end of the day it was, like, the more the merrier. And so if the government could just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians. And in conclusion may I please remind you it does not say R.S.V.P. on the Statue of Liberty. Thank you very much."
tiabia tiabia 9 years
what about Haitians?
syako syako 9 years
talk about being objective...
syako syako 9 years
I KNOW! :oy: :rant:
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
BUt... BUt.... America likes breaking up families!! Didn't you read the other post?!?!
syako syako 9 years
thank you hypno - political refugees... we help those under dictators and in the "axis of evil" nyar "According to international refugee law, a refugee is someone who seeks refuge in a foreign country because of war and violence, or out of fear of persecution "on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group" (to use the terminology from U.S. law)." -from wikipedia
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Fast tracking political refugees has always been the U.S. policy especially when it comes to Cuba. God forbid the influx becomes overwhelming though because then they may suffer the same fate as the economic refugees from Mexico.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Hmmm...I got fast tracked here from the Philippines and I think it was because my Mom was already a citizen here and she married my Step-Dad who was in the Air Force at the time.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
If we start to minimize immigration where will our next "Godfather" or "Scarface" icons come from? Use your heads, America!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I have no idea if this is the same agreement, but my family who immigrated here from the Middle East, their children had an easier time and their paper work was filed much faster then their parents. My cousins told me it was because their parents were citizens before them, so they got preferred treatment.
piper23 piper23 9 years
Maybe it has something to do with Cuba being a Communist country. Not saying that its right to give them points for that but that may be the reason they get fast-tracked.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
If we have this type of agreement with Cuba, why don't we have it with other countries? Or do we already? If we do why aren't they being enforced? I'm not saying we should have this type of agreement with all countries, but certainly with some of them. There has to be a better way, unfortunately I'm not the one to say what that is -I have too many questions.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
Immigration is just f**ked up. These mother f-ers will criticise presidents of different nations as dictators and put them in the axis of evil or the last outposts of tyrrany but then getting a visa out of these hellholes is a real b!tch!!! So people resort to illegal immigration you get your a$$ over here and then you get deproted back to the same place they have been saying is awful. I don't get it!! I really don't get it, the mixed messags are so annoying. Like now Britain is deporting Zimbabweans back to Zimbabwe like huh????? If you've been following the news martial law is being into place slowly but surely and the military is taking over, Gordon Brown has been whining about Mugabe and that we need a change yet they say it is safe for people to return. Once again immigration is just a f**ked up issue. So over it.
stephley stephley 9 years
Politics and Money.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 9 years
Actually, this is GREAT. What it does is that it demonstrates to ALL the ILLEGAL ALIENS that those who have waited get rewarded. NOW we need to use Homeland Security to deport all the illegals they can find. After they get DNA and fingerprints. Legal Immigrants Get Rewarded is a great headline. Write your Congress person.
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