Washington, July 18 – Cuba and the United States resumed migration talks in Washington on Wednesday after a two-year hiatus.
The talks were led by Alex Lee, acting U.S. deputy assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere affairs, and Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, Cuba’s foreign ministry director general for U.S. affairs.According to official accounts, during the talks, the parties discussed the application of U.S.-Cuba Migration Accords, which seek to promote safe, legal and orderly migrations between the two countries.
In this regard, the Cuban side noted that legal, safe and orderly migration could not be achieved as long as the Cuban Adjustment Act and the “wet foot, dry foot” policy remained in place.
The United States accepts about 20,000 Cubans annually via legal immigration and also takes in those who manage to reach U.S. shores. But under the “wet foot, dry foot policy” it turns back Cubans picked up at sea.
The last migration roundtable between the United States and Cuba was in January 2011 when officials met in Havana.