Friday, January 27, 2023

Florida Congressman Writes to Secretary Mayorcas Expressing Concern for Cuban Migrants

Florida Congressmen Mario Díaz-Balart, María Elvira Salazar and Carlos Giménez in a letter sent to Alejandro Mayorques, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, on the consequences of United States policy towards Cuba, particularly the repatriation of Cuban migrants expressed concern. to the island.

“As we have expressed many times,” they say in the text, “we are deeply concerned by the Biden administration’s apparent change in United States policy toward Cuba, including Cubans avoiding agreements with the regime in Cuba. agreement to increase the repatriation of “dictatorship”.

The letter warned that an “unfortunate consequence” of the increase in repatriations is “an increase in the number of relatives seeking information about their loved ones held at sea”. In this sense, it indicates that there is no “effective and timely way” for relatives or their legal representatives to verify their location and basic details of their affairs.

This problem is fixable, the text says. “The US government has addressed this issue for individuals in US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody through the Online Detainee Locator System (ODLS).”

ODLS is an electronic system that allows the public to search for people to determine if they are being held by ICE and, if so, at which facility they are held. “By making information available in this way, family members and legal representatives can obtain basic information without expending significant resources or manpower of already overburdened agencies.”

The legislators believe that “it would be beneficial for Cuban fugitives, their loved ones and legal representatives to have timely and accurate information on whether they have been detained, their location and other basic data and facts about their case.” “

In this sense, the signatories request that mayors (also of Cuban origin) “consider implementing a system similar to the ODLS for Cuban nationals detained at sea or in the US, who are not currently covered by the ODLS”. Huh.”

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