Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said today that if citizens of Cuba or Haiti intend to flee their countries by sea would, they would be denied entry into the U.S.
Mayorkas said that they would either be returned or, if they were found to have a fear of persecution, referred to a third country.
In April, we had reported that the Biden Administration planned to lift the cap on refugees coming to the U.S. after outcry from his political allies.
The new allocations were set to provide more slots for refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Central America and lift Trump’s restrictions on resettlements from Somalia, Syria and Yemen, according to the Associated Press.
At a press conference, Mayorkas claimed that the reasoning behind the move was due to the treachery of the journey and to attempt to dissuade them from attempting it.
“The time is never right to attempt migration by sea,. To those who risk their lives doing so, this risk is not worth taking,” Mayorkas explained.
Twitter user “Aldous Huxley’s Ghost™” wondered, “Why the sudden 180° shift in our open-borders policy when it comes to refugees fleeing socialist countries?”
Suspecting that the reasoning was political, they also asked, “Does he think they’ll tell Americans how it really is under socialism or does he just not like how they’re going to vote when they become citizens?”
Why the sudden 180° shift in our open-borders policy when it comes to refugees fleeing socialist countries? Does he think they'll tell Americans how it really is under socialism or does he just not like how they're going to vote when they become citizens?— Aldous Huxley's Ghost™ (@AF632) July 13, 2021
As Fox News noted, both countries have been hit by political unrest in recent days.
As we previously reported, Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated last week, and the country, which was suffered instability and insecurity for years, has reached out to the U.S. for military assistance.
Meanwhile, protesters have taken to the streets of Cuba against the authoritarian communist regime demanding freedom.
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