Cuban Refugee Policy

Secretary Perry reported on his recent trip to Key West and Guantanamo to assess the ongoing migration of Cubans. He stressed that the… read more

Secretary Perry reported on his recent trip to Key West and Guantanamo to assess the ongoing migration of Cubans. He stressed that the United States is discouraging Cubans from boarding rafts/boats to reach the United States. He said the Coast Guard and Navy are conducting a search and rescue operation about 25 to 30 miles off the coast of Cuba to save Cubans who do venture out on boats/rafts. To date, 9,000 Cubans have been picked up for transport to Guantanamo. Perry said the United States is building up the capacity for Guantanamo and that, between Guantanamo and the safe haven facilities, the United States believes it can accommodate, for the indefinite future, the flood of boat people. He emphasized that the United States stands by its new policy to Cuba, and will not be intimidated by “Castro’s attempt to solve his domestic problems by encouraging people to flee.” Attorney General Reno and Secretary Tarnoff encouraged Cubans to remain in their country and not attempt the dangerous crossing to the United States. Following the briefing, Perry, Reno, Tarnoff, and Commissioner of the INS Doris Meissner took media questions on various aspects of the Cuban migration issue. close

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Cuban Refugee Policy

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Program ID:
59831-1
Category:
White House Event
Format:
News Conference
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Aug 24, 1994
Last Aired:
Aug 25, 1994

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  • Aug 24, 1994 | 3:38pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 24, 1994 | 9:40pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 24, 1994 | 11:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 25, 1994 | 2:55am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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