Sunday, June 23, 2019

Cuban Socccer Player "Defects" to US

ESPN and Quartz report that the captain of Cuba’s national soccer team “defected” to the United States this week while in Los Angeles for an international soccer tournament.

After the team’s first match in the Concacaf Gold Cup, Yasmani Lopez left the team in order to remain in the US, according to his coach. Skilled Cubans, from doctors to athletes, regularly seek asylum in foreign countries.

It is unlikely that Lopez, like many Central American asylum seekers, will be returned to Cuba. The Cuban Adjustment Act allows any Cuban who has arrived in the United States legally to apply for permanent residency after a year.

KJ

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2019/06/cuban-socccer-player-defects-to-us.html

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