USCRI Policy Snapshot: A situational update on Haiti and Cuba

By USCRI August 2, 2021

On July 13, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas warned that people fleeing Haiti and Cuba by boat would not be permitted in the United States. “The time is never right to attempt migration by sea. To those who risk their lives doing so, this risk is not worth taking,” he said at a Department of Homeland Security press briefing, “Allow me to be clear: if you take to the Sea, you will not come to the United States.” Mayorkas’ comments were made in the middle of a turbulent month for both Caribbean nations.

This USCRI paper provides a brief summary and analysis of recent events in Haiti and Cuba and existing and potential pressures for displacement.

Read the full paper: https://refugees.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/USCRI-Snapshot_Haiti-Cuba.pdf


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