Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas warned individuals attempting to flee from Cuba and Haiti that they would not be given refugee in the United States.

Both Cuba and Haiti have been experiencing a tremendous amount of civil unrest causing citizens of both countries to want to flee. Just last week the President of Haiti was assassinated causing massive confusion. In Cuba citizens are participating in the biggest anti-government protest against the Communist ruling in years.

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Mayorkas however made a statement on Tuesday letting citizens from both countries know that if they made the dangerous trip by boat they would be turned away. Even if those who were seeking asylum in the US could prove they were being persecuted or tortured in their home country they would still be turned away.

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It seems ironic that Mayorkas would turn refugees from Cuba away considering he came to the United States in 1960 as a refugee himself along with his sister and parents. Mayorkas came to the US shortly after the Cuban Revolution.

“The time is never right to attempt migration by sea. To those who risk their lives doing so, this risk is not worth taking. Allow me to be clear: If you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States. Any migrant intercepted at sea, regardless of their nationality, will not be permitted to enter the United States.” – Alejandro Mayorkas

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