Past Features

December 30, 2015

Transforming America
The Central American / Cuban Gambit

Obama meets Castro
BBC -- December 29, 2015  
Stranded Cuban migrants to be allowed passage to the US
    Central American nations have reached an agreement to allow several thousand Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica for over a month to continue their journey towards the United States.
    American legislation gives Cuban migrants preferential treatment.
    If they arrive at the US border by land they are allowed to enter the country and apply for residency.
    Those who are intercepted at sea are sent back, under the special immigration policy known as "wet foot, dry foot".
'Policy must change'
    Many Cuban migrants fear that the thaw in relations between Washington and Havana may put an end to the preferential treatment given to them.
    "We have agreed to make the first humanitarian transfer in January," said foreign ministers from the Sica regional group and Mexico.
    They met in Guatemala City to try to find a solution to the crisis.
    Cuba did not attend the meeting, but said it expected "a quick and adequate solution" from the nations involved.

Glenn Spencer -- American Patrol Report
One Continent One Culture?
    Seventeen years ago a retired Army Sergeant with training in counter-insurgency told a meeting of group I headed that there was a movement to Latinize all of the Western Hemisphere.
    Now we see Barack Obama paving the way for tens of thousands Central Americans and Cubans to flood into the Untied States, joining millions of Mexicans.
    Many see this as a fulfillment of his promise to completely transform America.
    With Speaker Paul Ryan on his side, we can expect to see this transformation accelerate in coming months.