Thursday, November 17, 2022
NBC reports that Cuba will start accepting deportees returned to the country from the United States. Planeloads of deportees will start flying from the U.S. to Cuba "in the coming weeks."
Why is Cuba willing to now accept deportees when it hasn't since late 2020? The U.S. has promised to restart visa processing for legal migration from Cuba.
As Kevin noted last month, Cuban migration has been a factor in driving up apprehensions at the Southern border. Indeed, NBC notes that nearly 250,000 Cubans were apprehended in the last year -- over a five-fold increase from the year before.
What I find particularly interesting about this all is that Cuba is currently listed by the U.S. Department of State as a "state sponsor of terrorism, a designation made January 12, 2021.