As a child, Finnish-Estonian author Sofi Oksanen spent her summers visiting relatives on a collective farm in Soviet Estonia. Oksanen and her family would travel from Finland in secret, sidestepping Soviet laws. Each summer she would learn a bit more of Estonia’s code of euphemisms, which included phrases like ‘he went into the forest’ or ‘he was taken to Siberia.’
The New York Times editorial board supports comprehensive immigration reform that would give millions of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. In the meantime, the Times’ editors want President Obama to take “big and bold” action on his own that would effectively legalize millions of unauthorized immigrants.
But while the Times does not appear to have a problem with illegal immigration, its editors have found at least one form of legal immigration they want to stop. In an editorial published on Sunday, the board lamented the “Cuban brain drain” brought on by U.S. immigration policy. Specifically, they want to do away with a program allowing highly trained Cuban doctors to defect to the United States while serving on medical missions abroad:
Are you a Harvard alumni? Are you eager to visit a communist nation, but don’t want to travel to China or Vietnam? Great! You can sign up for an “Exploring Havana, Cuba” excursion. (Well, technically it’s too late, but there’s always next year.)
The trip, which was made possible by a “people-to-people” exchange license granted by the United States Treasury, promises to provide “meaningful interactions with Cuban people.”
From the official program: