Mexico Deports 91 Cuban Migrants Without Papers After Obama Closed Doors

Cubans remain outside the National Immigration Institute with the hope of obtaining a safe-conduct that will allow them to reach the border with the United States, in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico on January 16, 2017. US President Barack Obama ended a decades-old policy that allowed Cuban migrants who arrived illegally …
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The Mexican government confirmed the deportation of 91 Cuban migrants who failed in getting legal permits to stay in Mexico during their attempt to reach the U.S. southern border.

The group of 91 Cuban migrant became illegal aliens in Mexico after they failed to obtain a permit from Mexican immigration authorities or their existing permit expired after former U.S. President Barack Obama ended the Wet-Foot, Dry-Foot  policy. The policy formerly granted legal status to Cuban nationals who reached U.S. soil. Mexico’s immigration authorities had been giving the Cuban migrants a 20-day permit that would allow them to travel through the country legally. They were required to leave by the end of the 20-day period. The Cuban migrants used that permit to reach Mexico’s northern cities in an attempt to reach the U.S. southern border.

Mexico’s Foreign Relations Ministry (SRE) announced that the Cuban government has received notification of the upcoming deportation of the now illegal immigrants. Cuban officials agreed to repatriate their citizens.

“In accordance with the established immigration law, this morning 91 Cuban foreigners were sent from the Tapachula, Chiapas Airport after Cuban authorities recognized their citizenship,” a prepared statement form the SRE revealed.

The deportation was carried out during a period where more than 100 Cuban migrants are stranded in numerous shelters in the border cities of Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros. Their hope is that newly-inaugurated President Donald J. Trump will reverse Obama’s decision before their permit runs out.

Tony Aranda is a contributing writer for Breitbart Texas.


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