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Mexico Deports 49 Cubans with “Irregular” Immigration Status En Route to U.S.

By: Karina Martín - Mar 14, 2017, 3:18 pm
Mexico Deports 49 Cubans
979 Cubans have been repatriated between January 1 and February 17. (gaceta mexicana)

EspañolMexico deported 49 Cubans this week who were hoping to pass through to the United States.

Last Monday, March 13th, Mexico’s National Institute of Migration deported the 49 Cubans — 40 of whom were men and nine of whom were women — by aircraft.

According to an NIM report, they entered Mexican territory at various times in hopes of obtaining an exit permit that would allow them to freely pass through to the United States.

The exit permit is listed in the country’s Immigration Law as a measure providing foreigners the possibility of legally moving for 20 days so they can regularize their immigration status in Mexico or leave the country.

However, according to the INM, “the Consulate General of Cuba carried out nationality recognition that assisted in their return by law.”

 

Hundreds of Cubans have been repatriated by NIM since the repeal of the “Wet feet, Dry Feet” policy that allowed Cubans who made it to US soil to stay.

According to official Cuban data, 979 Cubans have been repatriated between January 1 and February 17. Six hundred and eighty of them were repatriated after the policy was changed.

In 1995, the policy was adopted by the Bill Clinton administration because the Cuban dictatorship refused to accept Cuban deportees. Clinton managed to reach an agreement with Havana to return the rafters intercepted at sea, while the United States would accept those who managed to reach the mainland.

Sources: Cubanet; Cubadebate; Diario las Américas.

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.

Colombian Defense Minister Admits Drastic Increase in Coca Cultivation

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Mar 14, 2017, 2:55 pm
Increased coca cultivation has become a concern in Colombia (

Español It is hardly a secret that Colombia's coca crop has increased exponentially and the country has become the world's largest producer of coca, the raw ingredient used to make cocaine. According to the latest UN report in Colombia there were 96,000 hectares under cultivation; however, there is another source that says there are 188,000. This was confirmed by Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas and Minister of Post-Conflict Rafael Pardo who acknowledged that the United States government has a measurement that shows the drastic increase to 188,000. However, they place greater faith in the measurement by the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime). Read More: Colombia: Criminal Gangs Take Control of FARC Coca Production Regions Read More: Colombian Defense Minister Promises Massive Coca Eradication Efforts without Clear Strategy So far there are no official figures for 2016. UNODC's last measurement was taken in 2015. Public policy makers are hoping for a new measurement soon in order to assess the efficacy of the so-called War on Drugs, which many have deemed a failure in Colombia. "This is not the report that serves as an official measurement of coca cultivation. We must wait for the other report of the United Nations, which is officially recognized and is going to be ready in a couple of months," said Villegas, while conceding that the US government report alleges that the country is flooded in coca leaf. The export of cocaine has become one of the main illicit businesses in Colombia. So far this year, 64 tons of this drug have been seized and it is estimated that it has been estimated that more than 100,000 hectares are under cultivation. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Colombia has traditionally been the world's focal point for the cocaine trade, with much of the coca paste making its way north to Colombian laboratories from Andean nations such as Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru. Cocaine has also helped to fuel Colombia's longstanding armed conflict, with various guerrilla, paramilitary, and criminal organizations battling for control of lucrative drug trafficking routes. Source: El Espectador

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