Cubans denounce delays in travel permits after approval of Humanitarian Parole

Cuban citizens express concern about long delays in obtaining travel permits under the Humanitarian Parole program, despite its approval.

The humanitarian parole program for Cuba, Venezuela and Haiti continues to be in the news and not for good reasons.

Many of the beneficiaries of this program demand from the United States government greater flexibility in the travel permits required to enter the northern nation.

Once people are confirmed with the parole, they must wait approximately three weeks to obtain the travel permit, however, delays are recurring in this granting, according to a report fromAmerica.

“We are desperate, we need an answer about this,” he told the aforementioned media.Olga Lidia Cepero, a Cuban who has been waiting on the island for 118 days for the long-awaited travel permit.

Since last December, this Cuban woman and her husband were approved for the parole program, however, since that date they have had no other response to their case.

“We are very affected, we are desperate. It is a large group of people who have been waiting since November, December and January,” Cepero confessed.

He claimed not to understand “how people who are receiving parole and applying for a CBP permit, because it arrives at the moment. "He tells us that it is doing verifications," the woman said.

The Immigration LawyerRosaly Chaviano He described as worrying the increase in delayed cases to which he has had to pay attention.

Chaviano assures that CBP has notified him that they have no obligation to grant these permits, which he considered valid.

“These people are in limbo, because they don't even have a denial or an approval, so they have no way to proceed in these cases, start from scratch, nothing, because they are just waiting,” said the lawyer.

At the beginning of March, a federal judge in the court of Victoria, Texas, decided themaintenance of the humanitarian parole program.

The information published byNews 23 ofUnivision points out that the judge's decision is based on the fact that the 21 Republican states that sued the federal government when this program began could not demonstrate that the parole had brought them significant damages.

The decision, which pleased many Cubans, also broughtConcern about delays in processing applications, one of the aspects that has been most criticized since the program began in January 2023.

The question that many are asking now is whether the support received for parole by a federal judge in Texas will allow more agility in the resolution of cases.

However, uncertainty grew much more on April 9,when more than three thousand negative responses were recorded in the status of the cases.

The immigration lawyerRalip Hernandez, in statements toUnivision 23 He said that it could be various factors, among which he mentions the requirement in reviewing the requests, technical problems on the platform, or errors when submitting the documentation.

These denials of humanitarian parole for Cubans come after long months of procedures, with hopes placed on a legal option to leave the island. The news leaves many families discouraged and worried about what will happen to them in the future.

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