Even as Cubans rise up in mass protests against the nation’s oppressive communist regime, the Biden administration is offering only a lukewarm response — including a warning that any Cuban asylum-seekers arriving at the U.S. border by sea would be turned away.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stressed that policy in a statement this week, prompting a fiery response by Fox News Channel’s Judge Jeanine Pirro.
“This risk is not worth taking”
In an on-air rant against the Biden administration’s position, Pirro called it an “outrage” and suggested there could be a partisan motivation since Cuban refugees largely support Republican candidates.
She went on to expose the perceived hypocrisy of President Joe Biden’s welcoming response to asylum-seekers arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border even as his administration turns away those fleeing corruption in Cuba and Haiti.
The White House has issued statements on the Cuban crisis, insisting that the U.S. stands in “solidarity” with the protesters.
Nevertheless, Mayorkas urged Cubans not to make the treacherous journey by sea toward American shores.
“To those who risk their lives by doing so, this risk is not worth taking,” he said. “Allow me to be clear: If you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States.”
“They’ve got to stop them”
Instead, he advised that they would be intercepted and returned to their native country or, in cases of a legitimate asylum claim, sent to a third nation to be resettled.
Pirro noted that Mayorkas has Cuban heritage, predicting that his policy would result in Cubans facing severe punishment upon being returned to that nation by the U.S. government.
“So we are going to open the southern border, everybody come on in for alleged ‘political persecution’ or poverty,” Pirro said. “But when you’re a victim of a totalitarian government or Communist regime that is shooting people, arresting journalists, then we’re going to make sure you don’t make it to America, because you truly have a true argument for political asylum.”
She went on to express her distrust of anything Mayorkas message and motives, suggesting that the Biden administration knows that “if they come from Cuba they will probably vote Republican, so they’ve got to stop them from coming in.”
The criticism did not come entirely from the right, however, as Amnesty International USA researcher Denise Bell explained in her statement, declaring: “This shameful message from the U.S. government to offshore its responsibilities for refugee protection is a horrible turning away from the administration’s promised commitment to human rights and racial justice.”