U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 01/31/2023

January 31, 2023

This week’s Top Stories

  • Over 7,500 Cuban, Nicaraguan, and Haitian migrants authorized to enter the US under new parole program
  • DHS Secretary Mayorkas travels to Miami to discuss parole program

Continued Coverage

  • Cuba sentences more J11 protesters
  • Dangerous seaborne migration continues
  • Argentina and Cuba continue strengthening ties

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 01/25/2023

January 25, 2023

This week’s Top Stories

  • 20 states sue Administration over parole program for Cubans, Haitians, Venezuelans, and Nicaraguans
  • Russia and Cuba announce new economic development initiative

Continued Coverage

  • Cuba criticizes US over restrictions on US-based Cuban baseball players training with Cuban team ahead of upcoming World Baseball Classic
  • Argentina and Cuba strengthen relations

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 01/18/2023

January 18, 2023

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 – Edition 733

This week’s Top Stories

  • US and Cuba restart law enforcement talks
  • Western Union resumes limited remittance services to Cuba

Continued Coverage

  • First Cubans admitted under new parole program; aftermath of new U.S. border enforcement measures
  • Cuba rejects debt recovery claim made by investment firm CRF

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 01/11/2022

January 11, 2023

Dear Friends,

The US cannot address the current increase in the number of people leaving Cuba with short-term migration policies alone

The Biden-Harris administration’s announcement of new border enforcement measures including the expansion of Title 42 and a parole program for Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans, violates migrants’ right to seek asylum as recognized by US and international law and undermines commitments made under the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection. During a visit to Southwest Mexico in November 2022, CDA and partner civil society organizations documented that the expansion of Title 42 to Venezuelans has resulted in increased barriers to legal pathways and heightened safety risks, including substantial lack of information and confusion on available pathways to regularization, protection, and asylum, difficulty in accessing safe accommodations and shelter, increased family separation, and heightened vulnerability to sexual and gender-based violence. These findings are in addition to previous findings that reveal such policies increase repeat border crossing attempts and increase risk for violence, kidnapping, extortion, and the risk of loss of life, disproportionately affecting Black, LGBTQI+, Indigenous, and other vulnerable migrants.

CDA is strongly concerned about the further expansion of restrictions on asylum and the proposal to resurrect a Trump administration regulation which disqualifies migrants who traveled through a third country, such as Mexico, from seeking asylum. Among those on the move in the Americas, there are individuals with bona fide international protection needs, in addition to individuals with vulnerability profiles such as separated and unaccompanied children, pregnant and lactating mothers, victims of trafficking, and survivors of gender-based violence that require protection and that cannot afford to wait in their countries of origin or host countries. While it is important to expand legal pathways, these should not be accompanied by the dismantling of the asylum system.

As it pertains to the current influx of Cuban migration, this measure will fall short of addressing the root causes of migration from Cuba. In the Federal Register published on January 9, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) assesses “that the high—and rising—number of Cuban nationals encountered at the [Southwest Border] and interdicted at sea is driven by three key factors: First, Cuba is facing its worst economic crisis in decades due to the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, high food prices, and economic sanctions.” Even so, the Biden-Harris administration has yet to enact a robust Cuba policy capable of building sustainable change that affords Cubans the opportunity to stay and empowers them to advocate for their future and the future of their country. 

The Administration must pair effective and protection-sensitive migration policies with a policy of engagement and dialogue with Cuba. U.S. policies are ever-increasingly outdated and blanket sanctions are only aggravating the situation on the island–over the past year, approximately 2 percent of Cuba’s population (nearly 225,000 Cubans) has sought to emigrate to the US in one of the largest waves of Cuban migration in history. 

There are simple, effective policy changes that can be enacted to truly afford Cubans the opportunity to stay and empower them to advocate for their future and the future of their country. The U.S. government should begin with three key policy changes: expeditiously remove Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism; robustly expand support to Cuba’s private sector and entrepreneurs; and implement further policy solutions at-hand to mitigate, manage, and ensure safe and orderly regional migration for Cuban migrants. Read more in CDA and WOLA’s recent commentary on steps the Biden-Harris administration can take in 2023 to best support the Cuban people. Further, pursuing a broader policy of bilateral diplomatic engagement with Cuba on issues of mutual interest beyond migration positions the US to most effectively and robustly address health, security, economic and other issues facing Latin America and the Caribbean; as well as to address humanitarian concerns and support Cuba’s civil society and private sector, bolster human rights, and adequately address irregular migration. 

Learn more about the Administration’s announcement in the U.S.-Cuba section below.

This week’s Top Stories

  • US increases Cuban expulsions, introduces new parole program
  • U.S. Senator calls for greater U.S. support of Cuban private sector

Continued Coverage

  • U.S. Embassy in Havana re-implements full immigrant visa processing and consular services
  • US allows Cuban MLB baseball players based in US to play for Cuba’s national team at World Baseball Classic
  • Helms Burton Title III: Cruise lines ordered to compensate U.S. companies for use of ports confiscated by Cuba’s government

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 12/13/2022

December 13, 2022

Dear Friends,

Please note that this will be CDA’s last blast of 2022. As we wrap up the year, we thank you for your support, feedback, and dedication to staying informed on all things Cuba. We cannot do the important work we do without you. We thank you, and we wish you the happiest of holidays!

Thank you to everyone who supported CDA this #GivingTuesday, and for the various ways you have uplifted our work and helped us increase our impact throughout 2022! We are incredibly grateful for the many ways in which you support CDA’s work.

We still need your help! As CDA prepares to restart delegation travel to Cuba in 2023 and to publish our findings from recent fact-finding travel to Panama and Tapachula and Tijuana, Mexico, your support counts more than ever. If you haven’t yet, we invite you to consider CDA’s value to you and help us reimagine what is possible as we head into 2023 by making a tax-deductible contribution before the end of the year.

This week’s Top Stories

  • U.S. Congressional delegation visits Havana
  • Delta Airlines to resume flights to Cuba in April

Continued Coverage

  • Cuba sees sluggish economic growth
  • Cuba pursues expanded internet connectivity

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 12/06/2022

December 6, 2022

Dear Friends,

Thank you to everyone who supported CDA this #GivingTuesday, and for the various ways you have uplifted our work and helped us increase our impact throughout 2022! We are incredibly grateful for the many ways in which you support CDA’s work.

Your support not only sustains our work in U.S.-Cuba policy, including the U.S.-Cuba News Brief, our comprehensive policy memos, public webinars, and more, but, thanks to you, we have also continued to expand CDA’s migration program. Most recently, CDA traveled alongside Apoyo a Migrantes Venezolanos, Women’s Refugee Commission, and el Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración (IMUMI) to Tapachula, Chiapas and Tapanatepec, and Oaxaca, Mexico on a five day fact-finding mission to monitor and document the impact of regional migration policies on Venezuelan and LGBTQI+ women, namely the impact of expulsions under Title 42, humanitarian parole, the closure of the Panamanian border, and the visa application requirement to enter Mexico. Learn more about our initial findings from the trip here and here, and stay tuned for future developments, findings, and recommendations.

If you haven’t yet, we invite you to consider CDA’s value to you and help us reimagine what is possible as we head into 2023 by making a tax-deductible contribution before the end of the year.

This week’s Top Stories

  • DOJ says undersea telecom cable between US and Cuba poses a national security threat
  • US adds Cuba to list of countries with lack of religious freedom

Continued Coverage

  • Cuba’s new Penal Code enacted
  • Cuba’s government denies Cuba’s Coast Guard’s involvement in boat crash with civilian vessel

The views and opinions expressed by authors are their own and articles do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of CDA.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 11/29/2022

November 29, 2022

Dear Friends,

Today is #GivingTuesday! On this global day of giving, we invite you to consider CDA’s value to you and help us increase our impact and reimagine what is possible. Your tax-deductible contribution this Giving Tuesday helps support our U.S.-Cuba News Brief, public webinars, interviews with experts on matters pertaining to U.S.-Cuba relations and domestic changes in Cuba, congressional advocacy, fact-finding missions to the region, comprehensive policy memos, and efforts to connect civil society actors from the region with policymakers in Washington. We are incredibly grateful for the many ways in which you support CDA’s work – we couldn’t do our work without you!

This week’s Top Stories

  • Low voter turn-out at Cuba’s municipal elections
  • China to restructure Cuban debt, collaborate on “core interests”

Continued Coverage

  • Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel concludes international tour in Algeria and China
  • Cuban migration to the US continues to soar

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 11/22/2022

November 22, 2022

Dear Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that we share that famed Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés passed away early this morning at age 79. He will be remembered for his contributions to Cuba’s nueva trova music genre. Our deepest condolences to his loved ones.

This week’s Top Stories

  • U.S. House Agriculture Committee travels to Cuba 
  • New US-Cuba remittance channel opens up
  • Family members of imprisoned Jll protesters prevented from meeting with U.S. officials
  • Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel travels to Russia, Algeria on international tour

Continued Coverage

  • Cuban Migration to the US continues
  • Mexico authorizes additional Cuban COVID-19 vaccines

The views and opinions expressed by authors are their own and articles do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of CDA.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 11/15/2022

November 15, 2022

This week’s Top Stories

  • US and Cuba meet in Havana to discuss migration
  • Cuba agrees to accept U.S. deportation flights
  • Cubans are the second highest arrivals at the U.S.-Mexico border

Continued Coverage

  • Cuba lowers economic growth predictions in wake of lower than projected tourism numbers
  • Cuba hosts business fair to attract foreign investment
  • Mexico, Argentina continue support for Cuba following Hurricane Ian

The views and opinions expressed by authors are their own and articles do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of CDA.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 11/09/2022

November 9, 2022

Dear Friends,

Happy Wednesday! Due to election day, CDA’s offices were closed. We’ll be back to our Tuesday publication date next week.

This week’s Top Stories

  • UN General Assembly votes to condemn U.S. embargo of Cuba for thirtieth time
  • Administration official travels to Havana to discuss migration

Continued Coverage

  • Cuba’s sugar industry in decline
  • Mexico and Cuba expand economic ties

The views and opinions expressed by authors are their own and articles do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of CDA.

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