Cuban migrants illegal in their own country
Cuban migrants illegal in their own country - CNN.com
By David Ariosto, CNN
May 19, 2010 -- Updated 1928 GMT (0328 HKT)
It is ok for the regime to control the movements of its citizens and decide wherever they are allowed to live? Restriction of people movement in their own country only happened in a totalitarian regime like the Castro brothers. This type of control only results in corruption and criminalization of the population. What the regime needs to do is fix the problem by responding to the needs of the people, not by restricting their human right of movement.Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- "I was caught because I was an illegal," explained a bicycle taxi driver as he gripped the rusted blue handle-bars of his vehicle in Havana's Central Park. "And because I'd been here several times before, I was deported back."
But the driver working his trade in the capital city did not arrive in Cuba from another country. Instead he is among the thousands who have come from rural provinces in search of work and a place to live -- but who have been deported back because of "Decree 217."
The 1997 law restricts rural migration and was designed to prevent overcrowding in Havana, a major problem in cities across Latin America.
But it has made this taxi driver an illegal resident in his own capital.