U.S. and Cuban officials will meet Thursday in Washington to discuss migration. This is what people familiar with the matter told Reuters. It is Washington’s highest-level formal talks with Havana since President Biden took office last year.
“The meeting comes at a time when Biden’s administration is grappling with rising numbers of migrants attempting to cross the U.S. border from Mexico, with Cubans making up a growing portion of them,” Reuters reported.
It was also learned that the Cuban delegation will be headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Fernández de Cossío. The sources, who requested anonymity, explained that the delegation is expected to meet with senior officials from the State Department and other agencies.
A U.S. official, whose name was also withheld, stressed that the intention of the Biden administration would be for Cuba to accept more deportees from among the record number of Cubans arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
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“The Cuban government has not accepted deportation flights carrying Cubans from the United States for more than six months, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson said. As of March 26, there were about 40,000 Cubans in the United States with a final deportation order from an immigration judge, according to the spokesperson,” the media outlet explained.
“We have seen a significant increase in irregular Cuban migrants to the United States, both via land and maritime routes,” said a State Department spokesperson.