US Captures First Cuban Refugees in Post “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Era

By: Karina Martín - Mar 13, 2017, 6:16 pm
The only chance they have to stay is to open an asylum case and prove a credible fear of persecution if they return to Cuba. (habanalinda)


On Sunday, March 12th, 29 Cuban refugees were caught trying to reach Florida by boat.

According to authorities, the group of Cubans were with five other people who tried to flee, but were caught and turned over to the United States Coast Guard.

According to officials of Customs and Border Protection, the group of immigrants was intercepted near the coast of Key Largo.

This is the first case in which Cuban immigrants who have attempted to reach American soil since the government of Barack Obama eliminated the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that allowed Cubans to arrive to the US without facing deportation, and qualifying for permanent resident status.

On this occasion, they will not be able to count on any migratory benefits and American authorities are investigating if their arrival is linked to a human trafficking operation.


The only chance that they have to remain in the United States is to open an asylum case and prove a credible fear of persecution if they are returned to Cuba, according to Café Fuerte.

The “wet foot, dry foot” measure was adopted by the Clinton administration in 1995, because the Cuban dictatorship refused to accept deported Cubans. From then on, Clinton managed to reach an agreement with Havana to return the rafters that were intercepted at sea, while the United States would accept those who managed to reach the mainland.

Now, any Cuban who enters the border “more likely to be a Guatemalan, a Salvadoran or a Mexican,” said immigration lawyer Wilfredo Allen.

Sources: Cubanet; Telemundo.

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Russian Ambassador Met Numerous Times with Hillary Clinton Campaign

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Mar 13, 2017, 3:55 pm
Putin's spokesman alleges that the Clinton campaign also had extensive contacts with the Kremlin during the past year (

Español Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said in an interview Sunday that the Russian ambassador met with members of the campaign of now-US President Donald Trump but also held meetings with "people working in think-tanks who advise Hillary Clinton as well as people who work for her." "Well, if you look at some people related to Hillary Clinton during the campaign, you will probably see that with many of them held meetings with the ambassador," Dmitry Peskov said in a conversation with CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria. Peskov said it was the task of the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislayak to meet with officials from both sides to talk about "bilateral relations." Read More: Russia: The Hypocrisy of the American Left's New "Red Scare" Read More: US vs. Russia: Trump the Pragmatist vs. Clinton the Warmonger Peskov also defended these meetings by saying that they were not an attempt to intervene in the 2016 elections: "But there were no meetings regarding the electoral process, so if you want to demonize Russia, and accuse us of sabotaging Hillary Clinton's activities, that would be absurd, because that is not true." The Russian government official also said that Putin never expressed support for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump: "You will probably remember that President Putin, during the election campaign, had never directly responded to a question about the candidate he supported, since he continually said that Russia would respect the one chosen by the American people." But Peskov admitted that Putin preferred Trump over Clinton: "If you ask him, he would have said he would prefer Trump," since Putin found Hillary Clinton hostile to Russia, while the Republican was open to thawing relations between Russia and the United States. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); "Hillary Clinton was very negative about our country with respect to our government, and essentially viewed Russia as the main evil in the world and the main threat to the United States," Peskov said. Regarding Trump, Peskov said: "On the contrary, the other candidate, Donald Trump, said that he did disagree with us in many respects, but he also acknowledged that he had to talk more with our government in order to try to find some common ground. Which candidate should we like more? The one who says that Russia is bad or the one who holds views akin to what Trump expressed?" Source: The Hill

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