Fernando Damaso, 25 November 2015 — The authorities, the functionaries and some so-called Cuba experts, as well as some “friends” abroad, continue to blame the Cuban Adjustment Act and the application of the “wet-foot-dry-foot” policy for the stampede of Cuban citizens which has created a tense situation in Central American countries, due to their constant arrival in transit to the United States.
In fact, the principal cause, which they do not want to recognize, is found in the complete failure of the socialist experiment, which has been incapable of creating political, economic and social conditions that allows Cubans to realize their plans for their lives in their own country.
Arab, African and other emigrants heading to Europe don’t do it because there is an Adjustment Law, but because, as in Cuba, in their home countries the living conditions to support self-development are also missing, along with war and terrorism in some of them.
Emigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and other Latin American countries also head to the United States not because there is an Adjustment Law for their benefit, but because in their countries they cannot create their own present nor their futures.
It would be healthy to set aside the lie and come to accept that the main cause of emigration is found within the countries that generate it and not outside of them. What’s more, the Cuban authorities are primarily responsible for the current stampede, as they have been for all the previous ones, and as they will be for the ones they continue to produce. They should recognize their failure as leaders and stop blaming others for the terrible consequences of their repeated errors.