Cubans Face More Obstacles to American Dream

4 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, October 03 2017 Oct 3, 2017 October 03, 2017 10:03 PM October 03, 2017 in News

WESLACO – Cubans living in the United States will face a tough time bringing relatives to the country after the U.S. State Department closed visa processing at its embassy in Cuba.

The action comes as part of sanctions against Cuba, after U.S. staff members on the island were injured by an unknown, unseen force.

"At least 21 U.S. embassy employees have been targeted in specific attacks," said a U.S. State Department spokesperson.

In response, some embassy staff was removed from Cuba.

The U.S. issued a new travel warning for visitors to the nation. And visa operations were "suspended indefinitely," according to the state department.

The processing of visas will affect Cubans living in the Rio Grande Valley who want to petition for their relatives to visit the U.S.

"They won't be able to visit," said Eduardo Toledo, a Hidalgo resident and Cuban refugee who arrived under the former Wet Foot, Dry Foot Policy.

The policy expired as of January. Now families in Cuba face fewer options to get to the U.S. and tough economic conditions.

"The money is bad," said Toledo, about his native Cuba.

For his two-year-old daughter and wife now living in Hidalgo with Toledeo, he hopes for a brighter future.

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