Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Law Easy to Neutralize / Fernando Dámaso

A Law Easy to Neutralize / Fernando Dámaso
Fernando Dámaso, Translator: Unstated

Cyclically, like the seasons, the Cuban Adjustment Act appears in the
national media, always to criticize it, to call it a murderous law and
to demand its repeal. It is considered, although it us a U.S. law, that
it intrudes on the problems of Cuba and, therefore, has an interfering
character. Everything that touches the government of the island, even
with the petal of a rose, is of this character. It is a legendary
defense, used for too many years.

As much as they talk against it, its maintenance or repeal is vested
solely in the United States government. Their legislative, judicial and
executive have the final word. The rest are just media campaigns, to
distract attention from more complex and important problems. Its
existence, no matter what anyone says, has benefited many thousands of
compatriots who have remade their lives and their families in a land of
freedom, where they now live and no longer sacrifice their years, hoping
for a glorious future never comes and is increasingly more distant.

Let's consider the issue from another angle. If the Cuban authorities
want to solve the problem on their hands they have the solution: simply
have to restore to citizens the rights they had under the Constitution
of 1940, and that were taken from them in 1959. Among them, for those
who don't know or have forgotten, the right to exit and enter the
country freely and without any permit, as well as respect and protection
for their property, without the ability to seize it, in addition to the
exercise of all other citizen rights. If these rights are restored, the
Cuban Adjustment Act would lose its raison d'etre and, naturally and
without complications, would cease to apply as unnecessary. As you see,
it is a decision that is entirely in the hands of those who demand its
repeal. It seems absurd but it is reality.

Sometimes, at the height of the manipulation, they go so far as to say
that rushed law should also apply to immigrants from other countries.
Which is it, is it a killer or not? The answer is not difficult, it does
not apply because these immigrants have not lost their rights as
citizens in their respective countries and can freely come and go and
live where they please, without losing any of their property.

It is symptomatic that a regime that has always been extremely
conservative about the reception of immigrants in its own territory (the
Haitian brothers are returned as soon as they hit the east coast of the
country), is so worried about the situation of immigrants other
countries. It smells of political expediency and is a token of eternal
confrontation with the empire.

April 2 2011

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