DHS secretary says Biden admin will not give refuge to Cubans fleeing their communist government: 'They will not enter'

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas ominously warned Cubans on Tuesday that they would not be permitted to enter the United States if they flee from their homeland amid rising tensions between the Cuban communist government and Cubans demanding freedom.

What did Mayorkas say?

Mayorkas, whose own family escaped Cuba, claimed the Biden administration stands in "solidarity with the Cuban people and their call for freedom."

But in the very same breath, Mayorkas rebuked Cubans — and Haitians — from seeking refuge in America via sea travel.

"The Coast Guard, along with our state, local, and federal partners are monitoring any activity that may indicate increases in unsafe and irregular maritime migration in the Florida straits, including unpermitted vessel departures from Florida to Cuba," the secretary said. "The time is never right to attempt migration by sea. To those who risk their lives doing so, this risk is not worth taking."

"Allow me to be clear: If you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States," he added.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says Haitian/Cuban asylum-seekers who try to come to the U.S. will not be allowed… https://t.co/MMLKnGS6ml

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Despite the overwhelming proof that the Cuban government is using deadly force to squash the protests, Mayorkas said such refugees will never set foot on U.S. soil.

"If individuals make, establish a well-founded fear of persecution or torture, they are referred to third countries for resettlement," Mayorkas said. "They will not enter the United States."

What has Mayorkas said before?

The shocking comments, which came as Cuban Americans like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) call on the Biden administration to vocally support the Cuban people, communicate a significantly different tone about Cuban refugees than what Mayorkas has said previously.

After being nominated by President Joe Biden, for example, Mayorkas tweeted, "When I was very young, the United States provided my family and me a place of refuge. Now, I have been nominated to be the DHS Secretary and oversee the protection of all Americans and those who flee persecution in search of a better life for themselves and their loved ones."

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That same refuge, under his leadership, is now apparently unavailable to his own people.

Mayorkas' posture toward the Cuban people is also sharply distinct from the Biden administration's position on migrants traveling through Mexico to claim asylum in America. Blaming the border crisis on climate change, the Biden administration has seemingly welcomed those migrants with open arms.

Anything else?

Mayorkas' comments were denounced by refugee advocates.

Kennji Kizuka, an associate director at Human Rights First, told CBS News, "The U.S. government shouldn't be using this system of off-shore processing to evade our refugee protection laws. They should allow people to land in the United States and go through their full asylum proceedings."

Katharina Obser of the Migrant Rights & Justice Program at the Women's Refugee Commission told the Washington Post that advocates were "gravely disappointed" by the Biden administration's "repeated insistence on rejecting desperate families, children, and single adults from our borders, whether by foot or by sea."

'This is Kristallnacht': Palestinians continue attacks on Israelis with rockets, street violence

Hamas militants continued their barrage of rocket fire at Israel on Tuesday, and the violence escalated in the streets to the point that the mayor of one Israeli town called for help and likened the attacks to the Nazi pogrom against German Jews, declaring: "This is Kristallnacht."

What are the details?

The mayor of the central Israeli city of Lod called for the nation's prime minister to declare a state of emergency amid attacks by "Islamists," The Times of Israel reported.

"This is Kristallnacht in Lod," said Mayor Yair Revivo. "I have called on the prime minister to declare a state of emergency in Lod. To call in the [Israel Defense Forces]. To impose a curfew. To restore quiet… There is a failure of governance… This is a giant incident — an Intifada of Arab Israelis. All the work we have done here for years [on coexistence] has gone down the drain."

Revivo went on to say:

"All of Israel should know, this is a complete loss of control… This is unthinkable. Synagogues are being burned. Hundreds of cars set alight. Hundreds of Arab thugs are roaming the streets… Civil war has erupted in Lod… The Orthodox-nationalist community here has guns. I'm imploring them to go back home but they understandably want to protect their homes. Petrol bombs are being thrown into [Jewish] homes. The situation is incendiary."

The New York Post reported that Hamas fired 130 rockets Tuesday just at the city of Tel Aviv alone — which has a population of nearly half a million people.

Video posted online shows Israel's Iron Dome defense system intercepting the rockets. Newsmax foreign correspondant Alex Salvi tweeted of the footage, "Imagine the carnage if these ≈150 rockets landed in Tel Aviv (population of 450,000)."

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But Israel has been fighting back. The IDF announced Tuesday that they "killed the commander of the Hamas anti-tank missile unit, Iyad Fathi Faik Sharir," who "was in charge of carrying out anti-tank missile attacks on Israel."

The IDF added, "Our aircraft are currently striking additional terror targets in Gaza."

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Reuters reported that over the past two days, 30 Palestinians (including children) and three Israelis (all women) have been killed in the attacks from both sides.

Anything else?

Meanwhile, the escalation overseas has poured over into the U.S. Videos circulated online Tuesday afternoon showing fights breaking out in New York City between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine protestors over the conflict.

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