Poll Context: U.S. Border Patrol officials are opening up the Texas border to let 4,000 Cubans in, taking about an hour to interview them and check their criminal background, before letting them enter the United States on their own where most will stay for life.
In an email to the Center for Immigration Studies, which has charted the explosion of Cuban immigration since President Obama approved warmer relations, the Border Patrol said that it “is prepared to process the expected increase in Cubans applying for admission at El Paso area ports of entry. CBP officers will process Cuban nationals in accordance with established procedures as expeditiously as possible while maintaining requirements and standards for individuals in our care.”
The El Paso Field Office described CBP Cuban processing as follows:
— Cuban citizens presents themselves for admission at a port of entry. They must provide proof of their Cuban citizenship, such as a passport or birth certificate. The burden of proof rests on the Cubans to prove their citizenship.
— Once citizenship is established, CBP officers ask if they are members of the Cuban regime or work for the Cuban government, among other questions.
— CBP officers next take fingerprint scans and check against CBP’s national law enforcement databases. If no derogatory information is returned, the process continues.
— At the conclusion of the interview process, if no derogatory information is returned – such as criminal or existing U.S. immigration history or otherwise disqualifying factors like membership in Castro regime or use of fraudulent documents – the person is processed for parole.