There are currently 37,218 undocumented Cuban immigrants facing final orders of deportation in the U.S. The trend of sending undocumented Cubans back to the island started when President Obama eliminated the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, which allowed individuals who fled Cuba and entered the United States to pursue residency a year later. Now, in order for Cubans to come to the U.S., they have to follow the same process as all other immigrants.
According to Miami Herald, Cuban nationals fleeing to the U.S. will have to apply for asylum and spend time in a detention center. The tough stance on immigration from President Trump seems to have led to a sharp decrease in Cuban migration into the country.
Miami Herald reports that the number of Cubans stopped by the Coast Guard has significantly dropped. In the fiscal year 2016, 5,396 Cubans were captured by the Coast Guard. Just a year later, only 1,468 Cuban nationals have been stopped. On the opposite side, the number of Cubans in detention centers has increased since the Jan. 12 decision by Obama.
This Tuesday, January 9th, a federal judge from California ordered the Trump administration to partially reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Program (DACA) program allowing for renewals, but not for any new applications. The ruling came hours after a heated negotiations meeting was held amongst members of the House and Senate to discuss a possible bipartisan solution for the program.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled in favor of safeguards against deportation yesterday.
Alsup’s decision partially blocks the Trump Administration from ending protection to roughly 690,000 immigrants of the Obama-era immigration program. The federal judge also ordered the government to continue to accept DACA renewal applications until the members of the House and Senate are able to come to a final decision on the program.
In the lead-up to Judge Alsup’s decision, Trump scrambled to compromise with bipartisan lawmakers.
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For more than an hour, the president convened with over two dozen members of the House and Senate to find a potential resolution for DACA. During the meeting, Trump laid out his requirements for any new bill meant to replace DACA. Trump called for a bill that would provide border security and a wall. He also underlined the Republican Party’s request for a bill that would put an end to both “chain migration” and visa lotteries.
Held just days after Trump declared his status as a “very stable genius,” the meeting put the president’s tangled understanding of immigration policy on full display.
At one point during the meeting, a Republican representative told Trump “You need to be clear.”
Here's the incredible moment where Trump initially agrees to Feinstein's suggestion that they do a clean DACA bill, before being corrected by Republicans about what she was actually suggesting. pic.twitter.com/RaXAQAi8JF
After Californian Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein, encouraged Congress to pass a clean DACA bill first and then move onto a “comprehensive immigration reform procedure” Trump surprised Republicans by agreeing. “I would like that,” he said. “I think a lot of people would like to see that.”
Representative Kevin McCarthy quickly cut into the conversation to ensure Trump had not agreed to a deal that excluded the Republican party’s push for a wall and increased border security. It’s a policy the president has staunchly maintained since his early campaign days.
Alsup expressed concern for DACA recipients later that evening after Trump’s meeting.
Breaking: federal judge has granted a pretrial injunction on Trump's rescission of the #DACA program. Here's what it means. (Thread)
In his decision, Alsup argued that putting an end to the program would ultimately cause DACA recipients irreparable harm. “Plaintiffs have clearly demonstrated that they are likely to suffer serious irreparable harm absent an injunction,” Alsup wrote. “Before DACA, individual plaintiffs, brought to America as children, faced a tough set of life and career choices turning on the comparative probabilities of being deported versus remaining here. DACA gave them a more tolerable set of choices, including joining the mainstream workforce.”
According to the Washington Post, the ruling gives those who had been recipients of DACA before Sep. 5, 2017 the ability to renew their DACA status. For now, no new DACA applications will be accepted.
You can find the detailed court case on this decision here.