Communist lawmakers have unanimously condemned U-S legislation they say encourages Cubans to risk their lives in search of U-S shores.
Their vote, which opened Cuba's National Assembly in the capital Havana on Wednesday, was applauded by President Fidel Castro who attended the morning
The so-called Cuban Adjustment Act entitles Cubans who have entered the US illegally to apply for a visa after one year and applies only to Cubans.
The legacy of Cuba's campaign for the return of six year old Elian Gonzalez to his natural father lives on.
The father and child are reunited after a seven month custody battle but the sense of public outcry throughout their separation is now being harnessed and used to attack U-S immigration and trade laws.
On Wednesday the National Assembly approved a statement condemning the so called Cuban Adjustment Act that allows any Cuban who reaches US shores and remains one year the right to a visa.
Many die attempting to reach those shores.
The case of Elian Gonzalez and his mother, who drowned in the crossing which her son barely survived, was highlighted.
Elian's father, Juan Miguel Gonzalez, recently honoured for his fight to win back custody of the boy, was among those invited to attend the session.
President Fidel Castro was also present and denounced U-S cooperation in matters of immigration.
He hears of Cuban's washed up on Florida shores illegally only via the news wires.
"That is the Assassin's Law, the Cuban Adjustment Act."
SUPER CAPTION: Fidel Castro, Cuban President
Cuba also says the Adjustment Act encourages its political enemies in Florida who describe the illegal immigrants as desperate boat people fleeing for freedom.
Havana claims the majority are simply seeking greater economic opportunity
In addition, the Adjustment Act is blamed for encouraging a booming trade in smuggling immigrants into the U-S.
"It is necessary to continue without losing a second, or allowing for tiredness, until the causes which led to such a tragedy are eliminated. It is imperative to do all that is necessary to avoid a repeat and it will only be achieved by doing away with the current criminal, immoral and discriminatory laws on migration applied by the imperialists (United States) against Cuba ever since the triumph of the revolution, and which are expressed in the Cuban Adjustment Act."
SUPER CAPTION: Ricardo Alarcon, President of National Assembly
Cubans picked up on the high sea once also were given that chance for legal American residency.
But under 1994 and 1995 Cuba-U-S migration accords designed to stem an exodus of boat people, the U-S Coast Guard now returns them to the island.
Cuban authorities blame the law for the international custody battle over Elian, who returned to Cuba with his father on June 28 after a seven-month battle with their Miami relatives, who fought to keep him in the United States.
Those officials maintain that the law encourages Cubans to make the risky sea journey with the hope they will touch land and be able to stay -- even if they were previously denied a U-S visa to immigrate legally.
Cuban leadership also says that the law gives ammunition to their political enemies in Florida, who describe these as cases of desperate boat people "fleeing" their
communist homeland for "freedom".
Havana maintains the vast majority of Cuban migrants are simply seeking the same
economic opportunities sought in America by Haitians, Dominicans and others from across the Western Hemisphere.
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