(The Herald Post) – As the United States prepares for the end of COVID-era border restrictions, high-level migration talks between US and Cuban officials are set to take place on Wednesday in Washington. This follows a previous round of discussions in Havana last November, a year after the Biden administration resumed these important conversations after a long pause during the Trump government.
The US embassy in Havana reopened its doors to provide full immigrant visa processing and consular services in January 2023, as part of a plan to address the unprecedented flow of Cuban migrants to the United States in 2022. A US State Department official confirmed that the meeting’s focus would be on migration, emphasizing the importance of safe, orderly, and humane migration between the neighboring nations.
Cuba’s Communist government has also expressed its commitment to promoting legal and orderly migration, but points to the US embargo as the driving force behind economic stagnation on the island, pushing many young Cubans to seek a better life elsewhere.