According to heightened security measures devised by the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the wake of the “Dec. 25 incident,” “every individual flying into the U.S. from anywhere in the world traveling from or through nations that are state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest will be required to go through enhanced screening.”
In order that air travelers might more easily determine whether their travel plans involve “countries of interest,” TSA elaborates:
The countries of interest are Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Yemen and those designated as state sponsors of terrorism, Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria.”
Washington Post Op-Ed columnist Eugene Robinson bravely objects to Cuba’s inclusion in the list in a Jan. 5 dispatch entitled “A terrorism designation Cuba doesn’t deserve,” in which he explains that—unlike the other 13 countries of interest—Cuba “is not a failed state where swaths of territory lie beyond government control” and that “[t]here is no history of radical Islam in Cuba.”
TSA has thus far failed to detect Cuba’s uniqueness, however, or to expand its heightened security requirements to include amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act, such that visitors arriving illegally to the U.S. from Caribbean state sponsors of terrorism are not rewarded with expedited citizenship options.