Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt P.A.
Nationwide Firm
786-401-4706
Injury, Immigration and Business Attorneys
Aggressive Advocacy and Exceptional Civil Litigation Success

Florida senator questions U.S. immigration law favoring Cubans

For many years, due to Cold War politics, Cuban immigrants have enjoyed significant advantages over immigrants from other countries. Unlike other immigrants, Cubans who make it to U.S. soil have an automatic right to enter the country. They can apply for a green card after being in the U.S. for one year and a day.

Cuban immigrants are also eligible for government benefits like housing assistance, work permits, Medicaid and food stamps soon after they arrive. Florida's Cuban-American community has grown and benefited from these policies.

Recently there has been a surge in Cuban immigration to the U.S., as people fear that improving relations between the two countries might bring an end to these policies. Since October 1 of last year, more than 35,600 immigrants from Cuba have arrived in the U.S.

Their fears of a policy change may have some merit. Florida Senator Marco Rubio, himself the son of Cuban immigrants, has proposed legislation that would restrict Cuban immigration to the U.S. for the first time since 1966. His proposal would allow Cuban immigrants to retain some advantages over other immigrants but would crack down on what Rubio claims are abuses of government benefit programs.

According to Rubio, it's time to stop automatically giving refugee status to all Cuban immigrants. Under his proposed law, to be eligible for refugee benefits a Cuban immigrant would have to prove they actually fear persecution in their homeland.

Immigrants coming to the U.S. need to understand their rights under U.S. law. If Rubio's proposed law is enacted, the rights of Cuban immigrants will be significantly affected. It is important for anyone arriving from Cuba, or who wants to bring family members from Cuba to the U.S., to keep abreast of any changes in the law.

Source: CNN.com, "The last flight and first steps: 'Historic' surge of Cubans crossing into U.S.," Catherine E. Shoichet, June 1, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook

We Literally Wrote The Book On Immigration Law

Our firm is a recognized leader in immigration law and litigation. We handle the spectrum from family and employment-based visas to deportation defense and immigration appeals. Founding partner Ira Kurzban authored the Immigration Law Sourcebook, widely used by immigration lawyers, judges and government officials as the authoritative field reference.

Aggressive Advocacy and Exceptional Civil Litigation Successes Call Our Firm at 786-401-4706 or Fill Out the Secure Form Below

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Miami Office
2650 SW 27th Avenue
2nd Floor
Miami, FL 33133

Phone: 786-401-4706
Fax: 305-444-3503
Miami Law Office Map

Jacksonville Office
10752 Deerwood Park Boulevard South
Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Map & Directions

Jed Kurzban Of Counsel at Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, A Law Corporation
1003 Bishop Street
Suite 1600
Pauahi Tower
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-531-8031
http://www.hawaiilawyer.com

Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt P.A.