June 13th, 2010
01:15 PM ET
12 years ago

U.S., Cuba set to talk about immigration issues

Washington (CNN) - U.S. and Cuban officials are set to sit down together in Washington on Friday to discuss immigration and other issues, according to a State Department spokesman.

"The U.S. views the migration talks as an important opportunity for both the United States and Cuban governments to discuss policies and procedures that promote safe, legal, and orderly migration," State Department spokesman Michael Tran told CNN Sunday.

Relations between Washington and Havana have deteriorated in recent months, in part because of Cuba's detention of American contractor Alan Gross, who has been held in Cuban prison since December. The two countries have not formally held immigration talks since February and next week provides another
chance for the U.S. to call for his release.

"The United States is focused on the welfare of Alan Gross and we believe he should be released and permitted to return to his family," Tran said. "This is a matter we have raised on multiple occasions with the Cuban government and that we will continue to raise with them."

In recent weeks, the United States did have discussions with Cuba about the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. And earlier, the two countries talked about earthquake assistance to Haiti.

"We intend to review trends in illegal Cuban migration to the United States, and to improve operational relations with Cuba on migration issues," Tran said about the agenda for Friday. "Other matters of mutual concern may arise in our meetings, but the main purpose is to discuss migration issues."

Filed under: Cuba • Immigration • Obama administration
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Bruce

    Yes, by all means, let's just give in to the communist regime now and save all of us time since we all know how Obama kow-tows to all communist nations. Might as well pack it in Americans. Here comes the flood gates of Cuba!

    June 13, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. thor

    This is a joke?Right. The U.S. that can't stop illegals from crossing the borders from Mexico is going to be seriously dicussing legal immigration with Cuba.I see another skit for Saturday night live .This must be another one of those bright idea coming from David Axlerod.

    June 13, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. concerned citizen

    The cuban citizens by virtue of coming from a comunist country have had for the last 50 years to many privileges, the policy of allowing any cuban that touches US territories inmediate inmigrant status MUST GO, The Castro regimen would have fallen ten times over if were not forthe cuban lobby, if we are going to have a real inmigration reform we must start for having the same policies for the citizens of all countries in the world, the cubans have had to many advantages and that policy MUST END.

    June 13, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    If this oil reaches the Cuban coast line immigration will take a back seat and Cuba is going to exspect money from America to fix there shore lines and to pay there fisherman there going to blame America not B.P.

    June 13, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. The Truth, Please...I Just Want The Truth

    I believe it's time that we finally accept the fact that Cuba has a communist government, stop trying to dictate to them what kind of political and economic system we think they should have, and normalize relations with them.

    Just like we've done with communist China and communist Vietnam.

    June 13, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |