Cuba Praises, Assails U.S. Policy News Media Blast Immigration Law

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Cuba Praises, Assails U.S. Policy News Media Blast Immigration Law


HAVANA -- Cuba praised the U.S. decision to refuse asylum to Cuban baseball star Andy Morales, but yesterday it assailed American policies that Havana says encourage people such as Morales and Elian Gonzalez's mother to migrate illegally to the United States.

The state-run news media renewed its attacks on the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act, saying it lures Cubans hoping to live in the United States to risk sometimes deadly boat trips across toward American soil.

The government announced that 150,000 children would march outside the U.S. Interests Section today to protest American immigration polices and continued delays in Elian's return to his Communist homeland.

Morales, who along with 30 other Cubans was picked up by the Coast Guard off Key West on May 31, was repatriated Wednesday after U.S. immigration officials determined the 25-year-old third baseman did not qualify for political asylum.

Participants in a seminar on U.S. immigration policies aired on Cuban state television called the American decision "correct," the Communist Party daily Granma reported.

"This baseball player will return to his home like the rest of those who have no pending problems with justice," Granma said. …

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