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Cuban migrants' path to U.S. Green Cards in jeopardy after Federal ruling

Cuban migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border may be unable to secure US Green Cards

In a significant development impacting Cuban migrants in the United States, the Board of Immigration Appeals has issued a ruling that could derail the hopes of thousands seeking permanent residency. The ruling, delivered on Monday, asserts that recent Cuban arrivals who entered the country through the U.S.-Mexico border using a document known as I-220A are technically not admitted or paroled under the requirements of the Cuban Adjustment Act. This decades-old act has historically provided a faster route to U.S. green cards for many Cubans compared to other nationalities.

Cuban resettlement faces uncertainty

The Cuban Adjustment Act, enacted in 1966, has long been regarded as a lifeline for Cubans seeking refuge in the United States. It allows eligible Cubans to apply for a green card, granting them permanent residency just one year and a day after arriving in the country. However, the recent ruling has cast a shadow of doubt over this pathway.

Cubans who enter the U.S. with an I-220A document, a common practice at the U.S.-Mexico border, are now confronted with legal hurdles to Green Cards. The ruling asserts that this form of entry is distinct from being granted humanitarian parole, thereby rendering those with I-220A documents ineligible to change their immigration status under the Cuban Adjustment Act.

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Implications for Cuban migrants and Green Cards

The implications of this ruling are substantial when it comes to Green Cards. For thousands of Cuban migrants who arrived with I-220A documents, the path to permanent residency has become uncertain. Their options now include pursuing traditional routes of legalization, such as seeking asylum, appealing their cases, or running the risk of becoming undocumented or facing deportation.

Mark Prada, a partner at Miami-based immigration law firm Prada Urizar Dominguez, emphasized the gravity of the situation, stating, "They are all now going to be found ineligible for the Cuban Adjustment Act... and the only way they can seek redress is to have their cases denied and continue to appeal in federal court."

The ruling issued by the Board of Immigration Appeals sets a binding precedent for immigration court judges, leaving them with little room for discretion. Only the U.S. Attorney General or a federal appeals court could potentially overturn this decision. This ruling is expected to significantly impact the fate of Cuban migrants in the United States, particularly those who have recently arrived via the U.S.-Mexico border.

Read the complete news report on the Miami Herald.

As this complex legal battle unfolds, the fate of thousands of Cuban migrants seeking refuge in the U.S. remains uncertain. For more updates on immigration-related news, stay tuned to Calle Ocho News for the latest developments and insights.

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