Convictions for Smuggling Cuban Baseball Players Upheld

Aug. 13, 2020, 5:45 PM

A sports agent and a trainer failed to shake off criminal convictions for smuggling Cuban ballplayers into the U.S., after the Eleventh Circuit found the Cuban Adjustment Act didn’t give the players “prior official authorization” to enter or reside in the U.S.

The CAA allows Cuban citizens to apply for permanent residency once they reach U.S. soil, are paroled into the U.S., and remain in the country for at least two years.

But the CAA and the “wet-foot/dry-foot policy"—which allows only Cubans who have reached U.S. soil to take advantage of the CAA—don’t provide “prior official authorization” because they offer ...

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