In a trickle, it seems that the Trump administration’s horrible actions at the border are being revealed. The Fuller Project and the Guardian newspaper published a report today that documented at least eleven cases of migrant women giving birth in the US and being “removed” to Mexican border towns before they could attain birth certificates for their US-citizen babies. The report described the consequences of this complex immigration situation like this:
“For all intents and purposes, that child is stateless, which is going to create a whole host of barriers … because they’re unable to establish citizenship.”
While this practice was indeed initiated by the Trump administration and Biden has made some efforts to alter his predecessor’s policies, the ACLU recently emphasized that the slow speed of this change was unacceptable:
“We commend the steps the Biden administration has taken so far to begin the process of rebuilding our asylum system. But it is troubling that today’s orders did not include immediate action to rescind and unwind more of the unlawful and inhumane policies that his administration inherited – and now owns.”
How will tourism destinations recover from the pandemic? Cuba announced a unique answer to this question. The country has developed its own vaccine, which as of March will be entering a new phase of testing. That new phase involves injecting the vaccine into humans. Cuba stated that not only will they be offering the vaccine to Cubans, but also any foreigner who visits the island and wants it. In other words, they proposed the idea of getting vaccinated as part of your vacation. Criticizing the profit motives of pharmaceutical companies and emphasizing the state-centered health system, one Cuban specialist was quoted in this article stating:
“No somos una multinacional donde el propósito financiero es la razón número uno, nuestro fin es crear más salud.”
Will this make Cuba a more popular destination for tourism? Will its economy benefit from a rush of vaccine-starved vacationers?