DHS Secretary Says Biden Admin Won’t Allow Cubans Seeking Asylum Into U.S. But ‘Referred To Third Countries’

In the wake of increasing tensions between the Cuban communist regime and Cubans seeking freedom, Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas reportedly warned Cubans on Tuesday that if they leave their homeland, they will be denied entry to the United States.

Mayorkas, whose family fled Cuba, said that the Biden administration has “solidarity with the Cuban people and their call for freedom.”

Mayorkas, on the other hand, warned Cubans — as well as Haitians — against traveling to America by ocean.

“The Coast Guard, along with our state, local, and federal partners are monitoring any activity that may indicate increases in unsafe and irregular maritime migration in the Florida straits, including unpermitted vessel departures from Florida to Cuba. The time is never right to attempt migration by sea. To those who risk their lives doing so, this risk is not worth taking,” the secretary said.

“Allow me to be clear: If you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States,” he added.

Despite clear evidence that the Cuban government is employing lethal force to suppress demonstrations, Mayorkas claims that such refugees would never enter the United States.

“If individuals make, establish a well-founded fear of persecution or torture, they are referred to third countries for resettlement. They will not enter the United States,” Mayorkas said.

The startling remarks, which came as Cuban Americans like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) called on the Biden administration to speak out in favor of the Cuban people, take a far different tone on Cuban refugees than Mayorkas had previously expressed.

Mayorkas, for example, tweeted after being nominated by President Joe Biden, “When I was very young, the United States provided my family and me a place of refuge. Now, I have been nominated to be the DHS Secretary and oversee the protection of all Americans and those who flee persecution in search of a better life for themselves and their loved ones.”

That same asylum is now reportedly inaccessible to his own people, under his leadership.

Mayorkas’ attitude toward Cubans directly conflicts with the Biden administration’s stance on migrants passing through Mexico on their way to seek refuge in the United States. The Biden administration has reportedly welcomed those migrants with broad arms, blaming the border problem on climate change.

Refugee rights activists slammed Mayorkas’ remarks.

Human Rights First’s assistant director, Kennji Kizuka, told CBS News, “The U.S. government shouldn’t be using this system of off-shore processing to evade our refugee protection laws. They should allow people to land in the United States and go through their full asylum proceedings.”

Katharina Obser of the Migrant Rights & Justice Program at the Women’s Refugee Commission told the Washington Post that advocates were “gravely disappointed” by the Biden administration’s “repeated insistence on rejecting desperate families, children, and single adults from our borders, whether by foot or by sea.”

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