What about Cuba, US Diplomatic Relations, and Deportation?

If you are a Cuban in the United States you should follow the news about the new executive policies to normalize relations with Cuba announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014.

Cubans in the United States with deportation orders are normally not deported to Cuba because there is no current agreement between the US and Cuba for Cuba to accept a deported person. Instead the person ordered deported is usually given immigration supervision, which requires the person to periodically check in with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE).

If US diplomatic relations are restored with Cuba, then both governments may eventually agree to accept deportees from each respective country. If that happens, USICE will try to pick up every Cuban with a deportation order to transport them to Cuba.

Up until now and against my advice many Cubans have not wanted to spend the time or money to fight deportation since they could not be sent back to Cuba at the time. The decision to not defend themselves against deportation could come back to haunt them.

I advise Cubans who are currently in the deportation process or who will be in the process to find out your options and to seriously consider defending yourself if you have any chance of success at all.

If you are a Cuban who is a US permanent resident and not in the deportation process, I recommend you speak with me or another qualified immigration lawyer about your eligibility for US citizenship. A US citizen cannot be deported from the US.

If you have any questions regarding immigration, please feel free to call me, immigration attorney Shawn Mesa at (813) 679-5780.

Disclaimer: This information is provided as a public service and not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Any reliance on this information is taken at your own risk.

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