Fact-check: No, the U.S. is not deporting Cubans because of their political affiliation

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By Maria Ramirez Uribe, PolitiFactNovember 30, 2022 1:43 pm, ,

From PolitiFact:

The Cuban government recently agreed to resume accepting its citizens who have been deported from the U.S. after refusing to do so since early 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

But a viral Instagram video takes the news out of context, claiming the decision exposes President Joe Biden’s “open borders scheme.” The U.S. border is not open.

“The Biden administration now says it’s going to start deporting illegals,” former Newsmax host Grant Stinchfield said in the video posted Nov. 20, which features a screenshot of an NBC news article on this issue. “It says they’re going to start flying Cubans out of this country.”

“Now either you deport everybody, or don’t deport anybody at all. The reason they’re deporting Cubans is because Cubans by and large are conservatives,” Stinchfield said, adding that Cubans in the United States are escaping communism and socialism.

Stinchfield continued: “The Biden administration doesn’t want them anywhere near America. Because they know those Cubans would be voting Republican.”

The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)

Stinchfield’s claim misleads by ignoring several facts:

– Deportation flights are resuming because the Cuban government agreed to accept its nationals;

– Cubans who are being deported are in the U.S. illegally and therefore not eligible to vote;

– The U.S. isn’t deporting only Cubans. The U.S. continuously deports people from all over the world. …

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