The United States will resume the deportations of Cubans that were suspended
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The government of Cuba agreed to begin accepting deportations of undocumented immigrants Cubans from the United States, according to VOA News, in what Cuban officials described as the resumption of decades-old migration agreements between the two countries.
Migration appears to have become a meeting point between Cuba and the Biden administration, which held talks in Havana for the second time on Tuesday.
"It was a useful meeting and contributed to the common objective, committed to achieving safe, regular and orderly migration," Cuban Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Fernández de Cossío said at a press conference.
Fernández de Cossío said that both parties evaluated "the process of repatriation of migrants who are considered inadmissible" for Washington and that they still have to agree on "the terms, conditions, the time for these flights" that are expected to "have a regularity."
No deportation flight has yet left the United States, according to El Nuevo Herald.
The State Department confirmed that the two governments met in Havana on Tuesday to discuss the immigration agreements and US officials discussed "areas of successful cooperation on migration" and "obstacles" to the agreements. They also brought up the renewal of consular services "to include visa and US citizen services" at their embassy in the island's capital.
Reuters first reported on the resumption of deportation flights to Cuba, when the United States faces a record number of undocumented Cuban immigrants detained when crossing the border with Mexico, which offers US authorities a tool to try to contain the constant arrival of Cubans through the southern border.
Cuba stopped receiving repatriation flights, operated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE), shortly after international travel ceased due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
What is removal proceedings?
During immigration court proceedings, removal orders are typically issued after a foreign national violates the terms of their visa, is found to be undocumented, or is convicted of a crime.
If the person is sentenced to prison for a crime, they can be deported after serving the sentence. If they are administratively detained for an immigration violation, they can be held for up to 180 days while federal officials attempt to obtain deportation travel documents.
When the United States seeks to deport an immigrant, it generally follows a framework negotiated with the other nation through a memorandum of understanding.
There are countries that do not negotiate or follow these agreements and refuse to accept their nationals back.
Before the United States can deport someone, the other country must agree to receive the deportee. There must also be a final administrative order of removal or deportation order.
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