The United States and Cuba analyzed on Wednesday the “significant reduction of irregular migration from Cuba to the United States since the application of the Joint Declaration of January 2017”.
The issue was addressed during the first biannual meeting on Immigration for 2018 held in Washington.
A press release from the State Department indicated that detentions of Cuban immigrants at ports of entry in the United States decreased 88% from fiscal 2017 to 2018.
He adds that the US delegation reiterated to the Cuban counterpart the need to increase cooperation for the return of Cubans with deportation orders.
The United States also reiterated that its embassy in Havana will only grant emergency visas, and for diplomats and government officials traveling for official reasons, until the embassy legation is safe for the return of all its personnel.
“A strong immigration policy is vital to the national security of the United States. The migration talks, which began in 1995, provide a forum for the United States and Cuba to review and coordinate efforts to ensure safe, legal and orderly migration between the two countries, “the note said.
The delegation of the United States was composed of Ed Ramotowski, assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, and Gabriel Escolar, coordinator of the Office of Cuban Affairs of the Department of State.
The Cuban part was headed by Ambassador Carlos Fernández de Cossío, Director General of US Affairs, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba.