The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel today describes how the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966, the one that fast-tracks Cuban immigrants to American citizenship, affords people who have never even been to the island the same unique treatment.
A clause in the act that allows any “native or citizen of Cuba” the right to gain permanent residency after one year in the States. Because Cuba defines a citizen as someone who is born to Cuban parents anywhere in the world, people from Russia, Angola, Spain and even Kazakhstan have become permanent citizens under the terms of the act.
“It has nothing to do with what Congress intended when they passed the Cuban Adjustment Act,” says Phil Peters, a former State Department appointee who has testified before Congress on Cuba matters. “They have no connection to Cuba other than the origin of their parents.”
Even some South Florida hardliners have admitted that the Act is ludicrous and needs to be overhauled.