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    ** machetera posted: Panic in Washington: The Cubans are coming! Jean-Guy Allard English translation: Machetera - (español) Now they don’t even bother to
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      Allard English translation: Machetera - (espa�ol) Now they don�t even
      bother to hide their worry: the same politicians who slandered Cuba for
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      *Panic in Washington: The Cubans are coming! *

      Jean-Guy Allard

      English translation: Machetera -

      Now they don�t even bother to hide their worry: the same politicians who
      slandered Cuba for decades, saying Cubans �can�t travel,� and even going so
      far as to draft laws meant to push disaffected Cubans to hurl themselves
      into the sea, are now rushing to figure out how to stop Cubans from
      arriving in the United States and, in case they manage to arrive, how to
      stop them from returning to Cuba.

      Victims of the traps they themselves set at the height of the Cold War,
      when the Cuban Revolution, criminally isolated by the blockade, was forced
      to protect itself by any means, including restrictive migration laws, the
      Cuban American members of Congress and their clan have suddenly realized
      that they�ve shot themselves in the foot. The political structure
      manufactured to serve U.S. annexationist plans toward Cuba is on red alert
      and desperately seeking a solution to what it has announced is a dangerous
      and unexpected invasion by those it has pretended to be defending.

      �Once the new Cuban immigration laws go into force, on January 14, a Cuban
      will be able to leave Cuba for two years without losing his residency, and
      during this time will be able to obtain residence in the United States
      after spending a year and a day here,� explains a Washington based U.S.
      immigration expert.

      �This will create a new kind of Cuban-American, with dual-residency, making
      the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA) completely obsolete and even
      counter-productive. The U.S. will be under urgent pressure to change its
      �Cuban� policy in order to avoid this taking place. And right in the
      middle of a full debate on immigration reform.�

      Incredibly, near the end of an interview granted to her friends in the
      subsidized �anti-Castro� press, the head of the anti-Cuban political mafia
      in Washington, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, announced that she wants to revise this
      heretofore untouchable law, a fundamental part of the legal framework
      developed against Cuba.

      The reporter, well known for his collaboration with U.S. government funded
      Voice of America � Radio Mart�, asked if she would support a change to
      close the gaps in the law in respect to those who claim political
      persecution and then go on to travel frequently to Cuba.

      Ros-Lehtinen�s answer was as twisted as a hot New York pretzel.

      �Yes, I�m in favor of a change to the CAA so that those who use this
      singular and unique benefit that is only available to Cuban nationals,
      cannot return to visit Cuba.� She added reasoning that she might have
      applied for quite some time: �One cannot say that one is subjected to
      political persecution in Cuba, and then go back to visit.�

      In June, one of Ros-Lehtinen�s colleagues, the legislator David Rivera, had
      already been talking about reforming the CAA in order to cancel the
      permanent residence granted to Cuban refugees who return to Cuba within
      five years after their entry to the United States. In the meantime, the
      controversial Rivera � under investigation for a number of corruption
      charges � was kicked to the curb in November�s elections, ending up in
      history�s great rubbish bin, along with his proposed immigration changes.

      The Cuban Adjustment Act, approved in 1966, grants U.S. residency to any
      Cuban who reaches U.S. territory, while hundreds of Mexicans are hunted
      down in the land of the free by armed border guards, not to mention the
      armed vigilantes working on behalf of the repressive national system.

      But the most absurd treatment of the subject in the land of Groucho Marx
      was yet to come. *El Nuevo Herald*, the shining example of made-in-Florida
      journalism published a headline regarding the changes without even
      realizing the magnitude of its error. *�The United States Urges Cubans to
      Refrain from Heading to Sea in Response to New (Cuban) Immigration Reform.�*

      The article is based on statements by William Ostick, spokesman for the
      State Department�s Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs, acknowledging that
      the new Cuban immigration rules might trigger �changes� in the flow of
      immigrants coming from the island.

      It goes on to explain that �The United States� visa requirements will
      remain �unchanged,� and a visa or other valid authorization will be
      required to enter this country.� No mention is made of the other panic �
      that of the corporate bosses in the professional market who impose a series
      of norms, study programs, exams, etc. in order to gain entry. They�re
      already trying to figure out how to rescind the privileges granted up until
      now in this sector, in order to provoke Cuban emigration.

      *Machetera is a member of Tlaxcala <http://www.tlaxcala-int.org>, the
      international network of translators for linguistic diversity. This
      translation may be reprinted as long as the content remains unaltered, and
      the source, author, and translator are cited.*
      *machetera <http://machetera.wordpress.com/author/machetera/>* | January
      9, 2013 at 1:18 pm | URL: http://wp.me/p9jQl-1h5

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