Our friends at the New York Post alerted us to the fact that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has issued a stern warning to Cubans and Haitians thinking of escaping
communism in Cuba and the ongoing unrest in Haiti by sailing to the US: Don’t even think about it.
“The time is never right to attempt migration by sea,” Mayorkas said during a news conference reported by the New York Post’s Samuel Chamberlain. “To those who risk their lives doing so, this risk is not worth taking. Allow me to be clear: If you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States.”
Mayorkas, whose own parents fled Fidel Castro’s Communist Cuba added that any would-be refugees intercepted by the Coast Guard or any other law enforcement agency would be returned to their country of origin. Those who could provide what Mayorkas called a “well-founded fear of persecution or torture” would be referred to other countries for resettlement.
“They will not enter the United States,” the DHS secretary added according to Mr. Chamberlin’s reporting.
Secretary Mayorkas’s statement pulling the welcome mat came just days after Cubans took to the streets in a rare show of defiance against the country’s communist government, waving American flags and chanting slogans like “Freedom!” “Enough!” and “Unite!”
Social media and online citizen journalists showed protesters being grabbed off the street by Cuba’s secret police and demonstrators with bloodied faces. Communist authorities later shut down internet service in an effort to prevent images of the demonstrations from spreading. However, you can see what’s really going on in Cuba through this horrifying video posted by Dan Bongino.
Liberty-loving Americans should not be surprised at the attitude of Secretary Mayorkas – and his Boss Joe Biden – because that’s been the Democratic Party’s attitude toward Cuban refugees for a long time.
Even though Cuban escapees have a demonstrable and real fear of persecution and death at the hands of Cuba’s communist government, Democrat-led American governments have progressively tightened their admission as refugees.
In a recent email exchange with our friend Shoshana Bryen, she reminded us that it was President Bill Clinton who instituted the wet-foot/dry-foot policy that only gave asylum to those who put one foot on dry US soil, not to anyone caught at sea.
And noted Ms. Bryen, President Obama restricted that policy even further. In a White House statement President Obama said:
"Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities. By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries. The Cuban government has agreed to accept the return of Cuban nationals who have been ordered removed, just as it has been accepting the return of migrants interdicted at sea."
President Obama also ended the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, which allowed Cuban doctors and other medical personnel to seek temporary legal status in the U.S. Obama said the program "risks harming the Cuban people" and that such personnel are still eligible to seek asylum at U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.
It is also worth noting that President Bill Clinton sent a heavily armed SWAT team to return to Cuba child-refugee Elian Gonzalez, whose mother died getting him to relatives in America, after communist authorities demanded he be sent back.
Why Biden and Mayorkas have left the southern border completely open and imported thousands of economic migrants, drug cartel gangbangers and potential terrorists into the United States while doing everything they can to stymie the flight and refuge of those fleeing communist oppression is a baffling question to some – but we have the only logical answer.
It's all about how the refugees and migrants are likely to vote when they become citizens.
Cubans fleeing communist oppression are much more likely to see the socialist policies of the new Democratic Party as the threat they are, and oppose them, than are the economic migrants from Central America, who have come here in the expectation of gaining amnesty and staying. Thus, the group of legitimate refugees from communist oppression in Cuba are likely Republican voters, to be kept out, while those who have come in response to the Democrats’ lure of amnesty are likely Democrat voters, to be allowed in, it’s as simple as that.
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