US sees surge in Cuban rafters aiming for Florida

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  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Aug. 15, 2014 2:29 p.m.

    I feel sorry for the Cubans and they have made nice citizens those who have come here. On the other hand one wonders if Cuba is glad to see dissenters go. It is the result of the sorry economy of Cuba socialism at its worst. Similar problem in Europe an economy in the doldrums due to socialism and the same reason our economy can't get off the ground.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    Aug. 15, 2014 12:44 p.m.

    This is yet another direct result of the administration's very weak immigration policies. When people of the world hear about so many of the illegal aliens reaching the U.S. border who are not getting turned back, and in fact being allowed to stay, it strongly encourages many others to try to come.

    By Obama choosing to not strictly enforce our national immigration laws, many more people end up deciding to make dangerous attempts to get here and so many more people consequently end up dying. Had the administration been strictly enforcing our immigration laws as written and intended, most of the incentive to come here illegally wouldn't exist. And consequently, most of those who are now dying in deserts and out at sea would still be alive.

    The legal path to come and live in the USA as a citizen would be chosen more often. Yes, it does take some time and money. But it's still a much alternative than dying or living in the shadows of society for decades.

    If compassion is really a meaningful aspect of Obama's personal rendering and application of our laws, he should keep these facts in mind.