Emily Mendrala, executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas, was quoted in the article, “Cuban Immigration in the Eye of the Storm,” on the State Department’s decision to stop issuing visas at its embassy in Havana. The full article is published in the Inter Press Service, and can be accessed here in Spanish and here in English. For a brief excerpt, see below.
It is possible that an increase in irregular immigration will occur, Emily Mendrala, executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas, an organisation that promotes a policy based on reciprocity and recognition of Cuba’s sovereignty, told IPS.
“Even if the United States can live up to its commitment under the 1994 and 1995 Migration Agreements to admit 20,000 immigrants (per year), under current consular practices the number of non-immigrant visas issued to Cubans visiting the United States will drop drastically,” she said.
The expert said that applicants for immigrant visas will undoubtedly have a sponsor in the United States willing to pay the airfare and lodging expenses in Colombia, and also said that the refusal rates for nonimmigrant visas are higher and the cost of the trip, even if it is from any third country, “will be prohibitive.”
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