U.S. Won't Grant HIV-Positive Cuban Asylum
We don't have to familiarize any locals with the wet foot, dry foot policy, aka The Cuban Adjustment Act. Any Cuban who makes it to American soil is allowed to seek residency.
"Raul Hernandez, a gay man who defected from Cuba in 1993 to live in Brazil, had hoped to obtain permanent U.S. residency under the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act after he arrived in 2000.
But following a lengthy application and appeal process, Hernandez, 40, who lives in Arlington, Va., was turned down for admission under the Cuban Adjustment Act in 2005 because he's HIV positive."
The United States policies regarding HIV+ foreign nationals are amongst the most shameful in the world. Not only does the US bar HIV+ people from residency, it is one of only 12 countries in America that bars HIV+ foreigners from even entering the country. The other countries on the list? Places like Sudan, Iraq, Libya and Saudi Arabia.
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