CUBAN DOCTORS FACE OBSTACLES IN THEIR ASYLUM PETITIONS

Posted on: April 24th, 2011
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The Miami Herald reports that Cuban doctors are facing unexpected obstacles immigrating to the US after the US government encouraged them to seek asylum here:

Dozens of Cuban doctors encouraged to defect to the United States now face delays in obtaining green cards and citizenship because they joined the Communist Party or affiliated organizations in Cuba when they were young, according to South Florida immigration lawyers and immigrant rights activists.

The delays are an unexpected problem for some of the doctors who had hoped to be received with open arms under a program launched by the Bush administration in 2006 as a way to undermine Cuba’s “doctor diplomacy,” a popular program under which thousands of doctors are deployed to foreign countries. One of the largest contingents is in Venezuela, one of Cuba’s closest allies.