In December 2018, Major League Baseball and Cuba came to terms on a deal that would bring an end to the human trafficking of talented Cuban baseball players. The deal was set to help hundreds of baseball families safely cross the 110 miles from Cuba to the United States and eliminate the trafficking of players through criminal organizations.
However, President Trump’s administration’s probable April 8 decision to disallow MLB’s deal has brought back the harsh conditions and human trafficking that years of negotiations eliminated.
Before the deal, talented players were forced to defect from Cuba through a dangerous process that often involved leaving their families, paying millions to illegal trafficking rings and carefully avoiding kidnappers and other perils along the way. The deal created peace by enacting a diplomatic process that established a safe entry into the MLB and eliminated exploitation of Cuban baseball players.
Now, Trump’s erratic decision to prohibit the deal due to political reasons has ignored everything great about baseball’s spirit.
The negotiations for a deal between MLB and Cuba had been ongoing since the Obama administration, but now with Trump’s firm disapproval of Nicolas Maduro’s leadership in Venezuela, the president has tried to force Central American countries to retract their support of the Venezuela.
In recent years, significant steps between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro of Cuba were made toward rebuilding bilateral relations. After decades of disastrous tensions between Fidel Castro’s Cuba and the United States, this deal with MLB is a pact that goes far beyond just the baseball diamond. The agreement between MLB and Cuban baseball is essentially a peace agreement founded on the grounds of ensuring safety for Cuban citizens.
However, President Trump must be aware if he ends the deal between MLB and Cuba, the millions of dollars the agreement successfully took out of the Central American drug, gun and illegal immigrant trade system will now once again be in the hands of the people his wall was trying to keep out. The criminals who transport baseball players for exorbitant fees also generate significant revenues from transporting other substances.