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Posted June 21, 2007 by Roberto Coven in Cuba Human Rights

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With the defection of Cuban band leader Isaac Delgado now six months old the true reason the famous Cuban musician and his family took advantage of ‘dry foot’ laws allowing Cubans who arrive to American soil to stay is apparent.  In an article published in the Florida Sun-Sentinel on June 21st, Delgado says he came to the United States to try his hand in a broader market and escape a communist system that encroached on personal freedoms.  Yeah right!!

I think its fair if we translate Delgado’s statement into non political rhetoric what Delgado is saying is he came here to make money!  I have no issue with any human being attempting to make his life and his family’s life better.  I think we should welcome anyone to this country who wants the opportunity to do this.  But why do Cuban’s get the ‘dry foot’ privilege and not rural Africans or poor Latino campesino’s or peasants from Vietnam?  Clearly the reason is United States politics not Cuban.

It is estimated that 95% or more of the Cuban’s wishing to defect to the United States do so for economic and not political reasons. My wife a Cubana estimates that 99% of Cubans wishing to come to the United States do so for economic reasons only.  Again, I have no problem with this.  Let them in!  My problem is with the hypocritical United States policy which favors Cubans because of so called Communist dictatorial political oppression.

The truth is that musicians in Cuba are treated very well.  Like baseball players and dancers they receive privileges that others do not.  They don’t make big bucks but they certainly freely express and do not seem to need to “escape a communist system that encroaches on personal freedoms”.  The only encroachment Delgado felt was on his pocketbook. Laborers in Cuba have it much tougher. In fact Delgado’s musical style is quite edgy and may have to be toned down to be received by American ears.  Ironically his musical ‘personal freedom’ may suffer here more than in Cuba in order to go for the big bucks he’s after. 

Again, I welcome Delgado and wish him success.  I only wish that the hypocrisy that entitles Cubans the luxury of American life would be as openly gifted unto other cash poor peoples.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on June 21, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I think it should be the other way around. Instead of letting everyone in, how about if we keep everyone out?!

    The wet foot, dry foot policy is unfair to Hatians, Mexicans and other immgrants and it encourages Cubans to make the trip by raft and bring their kids which is very sad.

    You are right, the policy is hypocritical so let’s close than one door rather than opening up dozens.

    Anyone can come so long as they go through the process.



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  2. Follow up post #2 added on June 21, 2007 by Edward

    Hi,

    Actually while we’re on this subject, would I be welcome to live in Miami? I’m British living in London with my Cuban wife, my wife is here on a marriage visa at present, in two years she will have British nationality.

    I suspect that we will have a problem trying to enter the states with her cuban passport until then. What would we need in order to satisfy the US authorities in terms of paperwork etc? Also, I believe one needs to demonstrate some kind of professional skill in order to work and live in the states.

    Thanks

    Ed


  3. Follow up post #3 added on June 21, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I guess if she floated over to the US she would be a US citizen by now grin

    Good luck with your quest, perhaps the UK embassy in the US will give you advice.

    Ever hear of “anchor babies”? Children of illegal immigrants born in the US are automatically US citizens. Then, how can we kick out the parents if the baby is a citizen?

    There are some ridiculous things going on in the US right now.



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  4. Follow up post #4 added on June 21, 2007 by Cuban American

    “I guess if she floated over to the US she would be a US citizen by now “

    I understand that the law might seem unfair at times publisher, but I think insensitive comments like this don’t aid any argument.  Just remember many people have lost there lives attempting to “float over” as you say, so please have a little more respect for those who didn’t make it.


  5. Follow up post #5 added on June 21, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I apologize. I didn’t mean to be disrespectful. I was just trying to make the point that if she floated in from Cuba she would be welcomed but if she arrives by plane from England she has to go through the immigration process.



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  6. Follow up post #6 added on June 21, 2007 by Roberto Coven with 12 total posts

    Ed,

    Your deisre to live in the United States legally is actually better served by your wife not becoming a U.K. citizen.  As a Cuban citizen theortetically, your wife could enter the Unites States say from Mexico and simply cross the border and announce she was a Cuban. Immediately she will receive government benefits such as Medicare, food stamps, get free english education and have the privelege of working. Then after a year of being in the U.S. she can apply for her permanent residency with the 5 year course to becoming a citizen.  You on the other hand would be screwed.  You could openly visit the U.S. but not legally work here until your wife attained legal status and submitted papers for your legal status.  This part of the puzzle is really for an immigration attorney to answer.

    Once she becomes a U.K. citizen you are both treated the same falling into having a special skill visa category supposedly not easy to get and only given out if you have connections. 

    So if you are really interested in living in Miami, good luck!  On the other hand you and your wifes rights to legally travel to and from Cuba say to visit her family is relativley unlimited from Europe and severely restricted from the U.S.


  7. Follow up post #7 added on June 21, 2007 by Roberto Coven with 12 total posts

    Publisher,

    It’s not true that everyone can come or live here so long as they go through the process. Are you aware of a legal process that I am not?  Immigrant and work visa classes are specific and legally attained usually only for special circumstances connected to immediate family or job connections.  The latter are now saved as corporate favors mostly for high tech Indians and others like them.

    This is no longer the welcoming spirit of our grandfather’s generation.  We promote the U.S. as the best country in the world.  Since we want to dominate economic and political systems of every country we touch, why not let them all come in, short of criminals and those with highly contagious dangerous diseases and spread the benefits to them as well.

    If Cubans are so enchanted with the green stuff that they still risk their lives after decades of disasters in open seas to come here then god bless them. Certainly all Cubans know the story of Elian Gonzalez, his mother and their fateful journey to the United States.  The truth is our propaganda is powerful and Cubans are willing to risk their lives to touch the wealth and reunite with their families.

    This to me is a sad commentary on the seductive force of the dollar and the truth about the Cuban educational system.  Obviously the Cubans are not as smart as their free educational system often has us believe if they want to float in rubber dinghies in open waters to get here.  Some say they are desperate.  Cubans are not starving; they are just plain stupid to do this unless they are fleeing for their lives.

    The U.S. is a richer place for all the nationalities, colors, races, religions and ethnicities we are now home too.  We still happen to have incredible quantities of open space with rich soil and many more cows inhabiting it than people.  Why not create a super agricultural system where we could truly feed the world using immigrants?  Might immigrants say yes to “you can come here but under the following proviso”? 

    “Come and cultivate open pasture land and eat”. Cubans would be great at creating and making productive agro-cooperatives, as would most poor people around the world who are used to relying on community concepts to survive.

    I for one love the multi-ethnic, linguistic and cultural nature of this country.  We stole the land from the Native Americans and took the vast part of the American west away from Mexico by beating their brains out in the more than century old war. 

    We are abundant here in the United States. Let’s open our hearts and be welcoming rather than territorial and overly greedy. Why not share more of it with others instead of hoarding it and building a power structure from it which only distances us from the world.  It would be nice if Americans like Europeans and other educated westerners learned other languages and engaged more on a human level with other countries and cultures. Wouldn’t it be a nice twist if we the war loving bullies of the hemisphere took a higher moral ground and shared what we have taken from others in the past with others less fortunate than we are; Cubans included!!


  8. Follow up post #8 added on June 21, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Sounds like you are in favor of wealth distribution. You and I have too much money so we should give it to illegal immigrants who break our laws to live in this country?

    Sorry but I’m not giving any money to law breaking foreigners.



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  9. Follow up post #9 added on June 22, 2007 by Edward

    Hi ...

    Thank you for your comments and assistance…personally I’m happy where I am, like the states, the UK is and has become far more culturally diverse than it’s ever been and I for one appreciate it. Only, we don’t have vast swathes of open prairies etc, our green/brown land is mostly patchworked with farmer’s fields. However we do have some beautiful, brooding countryside and national parkland.

    It’s interesting to note that may wife could enter the states via Mexico for example and then be treated entirely differently from someone such as myself. Even if I could make a significant contribution in terms of US tax etc…

    On balance, (and because we are law abiding) ...  we should stay put and wait for things to change in Cuba, then I could retire out there and live the life of Riley.

    Ed


  10. Follow up post #10 added on February 21, 2008 by bruno

    I dont know why isack delgado did it, but it is a fact that in cuba there is no personal freedom in many ways.  Lack of economic freedom is allways and will allways be more important. But still, the fact that it is more important, does not mean that other problems are not important.

      In america latina the most important is economic freedom too, but the other problems that cuba has are not really problems on their countries,,  so the US law is not really hypocritical.


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