The United States delivered 29,000 humanitarian travel permits to Cuban citizens from sponsors since a new policy began in January that authorized the use of this mechanism to try to bring order to the migratory flow of people from the island and after months with arrivals records of Cubans to the northern border of Mexico, an official reported.
“We have made a lot of progress in the last few weeks and months in dealing with the migration challenge that we are seeing at our border,” said Acting Assistant Secretary for Border Policy and Immigration at the US Department of Homeland Security, Blas Nuñez-Neto. during a video conference focused on the migratory situation of Cubans.
“But we also recognize that it is too soon to draw any definitive conclusions or predict what is going to happen in the coming weeks,” he said.
The official also pointed out that new provisions for family reunification will be announced in the coming weeks, a process that is long overdue for the island’s citizens after almost four years of semi-paralyzed consular services and that only began to normalize in recent months in through an increase in political tensions between Cuba and the United States.
Núñez-Neto indicated that globally there was a slowdown in the number of people found on the border with Mexico since removal of the title 42 on May 12 and after toughen entry conditions and the sanctions for those who intend to cross illegally.
The reduction in general would reach 70% and it went from 11,000 daily encounters with immigrants to about 4,000, the US official explained.