The Cuban Adjustment Act, part of U.S. immigration law, essentially has
granted refugee status to Cubans who have fled their country and the communist
government to live in the USA. The Act was passed in 1966, and Cuban immigrants
have specific benefits and privileges that do not benefit any other foreign
The Cuban government has raged against this law since its passage, claiming
that it has allowed the best-educated in their country to leave and move
to the USA to live and work, undermining their society. Recently, the
Cuban government has taken action, by reforming travel restrictions, allowing
Cubans to leave their country without an "exit permit" to leave,
and they can be out of the country for 24 months without affecting their
residency status. This change is expected to impact the numbers of migrant
workers from Cuba entering the USA for seasonal work.
How these reforms will impact the Cuban Adjustment Act is unknown. Will
there be future changes for Cubans who are hoping to get on the path to
citizenship in the USA through seeking refugee status? Will the special
status of Cubans who seek to live in the USA be cancelled, due to the
reforms in Cuba? As no other country's immigrants has the benefits
afforded to Cuban nationals, this is one of the issues that could be looked
at in the upcoming immigration reform.
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