Cubans are constantly arriving to the United States to seek asylum. The Cuban government is still throwing Cubans in jail and persecuting them when they attempt to leave the country. For many years, Cuban immigrants had preferences over other nations.
But how did the situation change for Cubans? Will you be able to just leave Cuba and enter the U.S. to find new, free life?
Cubans refugees, who were opposed to the Cuban government, were welcome in the United States. According to the “wet feet, dry feet” policy, it was enough for Cubans to simply enter the U.S. and live for a year to get an opportunity to apply for a green card. No deportation ensued if Cuban entered the U.S. (unless this immigrant committed a serious crime or felony). But a few years ago, this policy was canceled by the Obama’s administration. And with the latest changes made by Trump’s administration, it is even more difficult for Cubans to arrive in the U.S. and stay in the country.
Essentially, if you are a Cuban refugee, you must proceed with the same asylum process as any other asylum seeker. Put simply, you must verify if you are eligible for asylum. Then, you must pass the initial “credible fear” interview. If you pass the initial checks, you can apply for asylum. Upon approval of your application, you will receive asylum.
Unfortunately, there were dozens of incidents in 2017, when the U.S. border control deported Cubans without even listening to them. Many Cuban immigrants were beaten or tortured by their Cuban authorities, but the immigrants still were not allowed to the U.S.
Such a change in how Cubans are treated by U.S. government renders many Cubans defenseless against the Castro’s regime in Cuba. To find shelter in the U.S., it is best for you to hire a professional lawyer who would support your case. If the U.S. authorities decide to deport you back to Cuba, without a lawyer you may not be able to fight for your rights.
We strongly recommend all Cuban refugees to contact a lawyer to make sure that their rights will be protected during the asylum process.