New York Times condemns US policy encouraging Cuban doctors to defect


The New York Times has condemned the disgraceful US policy that has enabled a record 1,278 Cubans to defect while on overseas assignments in the last fiscal year.

The 1.278 Cuban doctors that defected to the US in the last fiscal year is close to an estimated 1400 doctors in Ebola ravaged Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea combined. 

The Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program was put in place through executive authority in August 2006 by Emilio González, a hard-line Cuban exile, when he was in charge of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Through the program any Cuban doctor showing up at an American embassy, if accepted, can be on American soil within weeks and on track to becoming a United States citizen.

Back then the Bush administration was trying to cripple the Cuban government by striking at the core of Cuba's primary diplomatic tool and an important source of revenue, while embarrassing Cuba.

The NY Times notes that both, "Secretary of State John Kerry and the American ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, have praised the work of Cuban doctors dispatched to treat Ebola patients in West Africa." and that "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently sent an official to a regional meeting the Cuban government convened in Havana to coordinate efforts to fight the disease."

Nonetheless the United States continues to encourage the defection of Cuban doctors.

Since 2006, under the program, an astounding 5490 Cuban doctors have defected to the United States.

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