After announcing that a discussion to resume direct mail service between the United States and Cuba would commence on Tuesday this week, the two countries are now preparing to go into talks about another issue which has been on hold for quite some time -- migration.
According to Fox News Latino, migration talks will begin on July 17 in Washington, D.C. "Representatives from the Department of State are scheduled to meet with representatives of the Cuban government to discuss migration issues," said an official who spoke under anonymity. The official added that the talks were "consistent with our interest in promoting greater freedoms and respect for human rights in Cuba."
News of the talks angered Florida Cuban-American Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. "First we get news that the Obama State Department is speaking with a top Castro regime diplomat. Then comes the announcement that the administration is restarting talks with the dictatorship regarding direct mail between both countries," Ros-Lehtinen said. "Now we hear that migration talks will be restarted. It's concession after concession from the Obama administration."
The migration talks are intended to monitor that a 16-year-old agreement under which the United States issues 20,000 emigration visas to Cubans a year is being adhered to.