Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 03080440 (posted Aug. 4, 2003)"
Daily Press Briefing
U.S. Department of State
August 1, 2003
QUESTION: In the Miami Herald today, Governor Jeb Bush publicly disagreed
with this Administration on the repatriation of these 12 alleged hijackers which
occurred, I think, a week-and-a-half ago on the 21st or 22nd.
What is your comment on the Governor’s statement today saying, It’s
just not right ? Thank you.
MR. BOUCHER: I think, first of all, I think the White House has
already been asked on the comments, on the politics of the situation, and I m
not going to get into that from here. I’d just say these repatriations are
consistent with standard practice under the Migration Accords with Cuba. Experts
from the Department of Homeland Security interviewed, as they always do
interview all individuals, to determine whether they have protection
concerns. Those who are determined to have protection concerns are sent to
Guantanamo for further interviews, and those who are not are
We have reiterated many times, and do so again today, that only safe,
legal, and orderly migration should take place from Cuba to the United
QUESTION: There are -- Cuba is a state sponsor of terrorism. And in
reference to this, did --there was an exchange back and forth before the actual
Given the fact that it is a state sponsor of terrorism, does this sort of
business go against the U.S. policy of not negotiating with, you know, terrorist
MR. BOUCHER: The issue of migration has been one that s important to
the United States. We’ve had longstanding agreements on safe, orderly migration
which we expect the Cubans to meet. And that is the way we believe people should
be allowed to come to the United States from Cuba.