U.S. authorities have warned the citizens of Cuba and Haiti against illegal entry into the country. It was stated by Ned Price, the State Department spokesman, at a briefing on Wednesday, July 14.
“U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas spoke yesterday of our sincere concern about reality. Anyone from Haiti or Cuba who attempts to seek asylum in the U.S. by sea is putting themselves in danger. These are dangerous journeys that do not allow safe entry (to U.S. territory. – Ed.),” said the foreign ministry spokesman.
Earlier in the day, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reported that the recent protests in Cuba would affect further U.S. policy toward the country. According to her, Washington is still reviewing its policy toward Havana.
On July 11, thousands of Cubans took to the streets for mass peaceful protests against the government. People participated in rallies in Havana, Palma Soriano, Santiago de Cuba, San Antonio de los Baños and other municipalities. One person was killed in the riots.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel addressed the nation, urging communists to take to the streets to prevent possible provocations against the authorities. He also stated that communists are ready to fight in the streets and die for the revolution.
Haiti’s president, who has led the state since 2017, was fatally wounded during an attack on his residence on the night of July 7. Moise’s wife, who was evacuated to a hospital in Miami, was critically injured. She is reportedly now feeling fine.
The Haitian Senate proclaimed its speaker, Joseph Lambert, as interim president of the republic on July 9.
The U.S. delegation arrived in Haiti after a request from local authorities for help in investigating the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. The White House specified that Washington intends to organize an open and constructive dialogue, allowing to maintain political stability in Haiti.
Haitian authorities had also previously asked the UN to send troops to help maintain security. It was specified that the letter from the office of the Prime Minister of Haiti was dated July 7. It also became known that the U.S. Department of Defense is aware of the request of Haiti and is analyzing it.
On July 12, the Haitian authorities sent a request for additional assistance to the United States, which was forwarded to President Joe Biden through an interagency delegation that visited the island nation.