*HOT!* SOUTH JOURNAL: Cuba: Raul Castro Announces Changes in Migration Policy
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Cuba: Raul Castro Announces Changes in Migration Policy
Posted on August 1, 2011 by lchirino
HAVANA, Cuba (SJ) Cuba is currently working towards the update of its current migration policy, President Raul Castro announced today during the Seventh Session of the Cuban Parliament´s Seventh Legislature.
In his closing speech of the session, the Cuban head of state said advancement is being made in the drawing up and updating of a series of regulations related to the country´s migration policy, in tune with the conditions of the present time and the foreseeable future.
We take this step as a contribution to the increasing relations of the nation to its communities of emigrants, whose composition has radically varied with respect to the early decades of the Revolution, Raul pointed out.
This country is on the way to modifying decisions that played their role at a time and that have prevailed unnecessarily. Raul recalled that in such times, the US administration harbored criminals from the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship, terrorists and all kinds of traitors, and they encouraged a brain drain from Cuba.
At present, the overwhelming majority of Cuban emigrants left the country for economic reasons, while most of them profess love for their families and for their homeland, while expressing solidarity with their compatriots.
In our case, we cannot forget that Cuba is the only country on the planet whose citizens are allowed to settle and work in US territory without a visa, as stipulated by the criminal 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act, he stressed.
Raul criticized the manipulation of this sensitive issue as object of political and media manipulation during several years with the aim of denigrating the Revolution and making it enemy of the Cubans living abroad. The Cuban emigrants are, as a result of the lies repeated many times, considered political exiles who escape communism, he pointed out.
What would happen if a Latin American Adjustment Act were put in force in the United States or the European Union?, he asked and added that the process of making the country´s migration policy more flexible will take into account the right of the revolutionary state to its own defense against interventionist and subversive plans by the US government and its allies.
Raul said that the process will also include measures to preserve the human capital created by the Revolution in the face of the theft of talents being practiced by powerful countries.