Skip to comments.OBAMA ENDS VISA-FREE PATH FOR CUBANS WHO MAKE IT TO US SOIL
Posted on 01/12/2017 5:23:45 PM PST by Enlightened1
President Barack Obama announced Thursday he is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident.
The repeal of the "wet foot, dry foot" policy is effective immediately. The decision follows months of negotiations focused in part on getting Cuba to agree to take back people who had arrived in the U.S.
"Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities," Obama said in a statement. "By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries. The Cuban government has agreed to accept the return of Cuban nationals who have been ordered removed, just as it has been accepting the return of migrants interdicted at sea."
The Cuban government praised the move. In a statement read on state television, it called the signing of the agreement "an important step in advancing relations" between the U.S. and Cuba that "aims to guarantee normal, safe and ordered migration."
Obama is using an administrative rule change to end the policy. Donald Trump could undo that rule after becoming president next week. He has criticized Obama's moves to improve relations with Cuba. But ending a policy that has allowed hundreds of thousands of people to come to the United States without a visa also aligns with Trump's commitment to tough immigration policies.
President Bill Clinton created "wet foot, dry foot" policy in 1995 as a revision of a more liberal immigration policy that allowed Cubans caught at sea to come to the United States become legal residents in a year.
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Cubans for the most part are staunch anti-communist, pro freedom and for the most part support conservative Republicans.
Another policy that will be reversed next Friday.
Good, the one thing I agree with Barry on. Cubans need to stay and fight for their own freedoms.
“Cubans for the most part are staunch anti-communist, pro freedom and for the most part support conservative Republicans. “
Fake news. Castro himself commissioned a survey that validated that 99.99% of the Cuban population support his communistic dictatorship.
Well I strongly disagree.
The United States have always welcomed people escaping communist regimes since the cold war.
I actually prefer these citizens because most of them appreciate freedom and are staunch anti-communist. I like that!
Finally most of them assimilate, love American and vote for conservatives.
This is why Obama wants to send them back. He does not want more Patriots here.
Oh yeah... LOL!
Let me get this straight:
Mexicans sneak in looking for work...he wants sanctuary cities to protect them from federal law, so they don’t have to return.
Cubans fleeing tyranny...he has now changed federal law, to force them to return to certain imprisonment (at best).
Did Obama get a visit from Castro’s Ghost ?
Because they are anti communists who vote republican. Meanwhile he flew in millions of Muslims and allowed millions of others to stay illegally.
Exactly he wants to bring in ISIS terrorist, that hate America, want to take over and bring in Sharia law.
Bingo! You got it!
I don’t care if they’re conservative. Be conservative in your country.
There is always going to be immigration.
Thus, if we are going to take in immigrants, then these are the immigrants we should be seeking vs. welfare leaches that hate the country and vote Democrat.
They tried that at the Bay of Pigs. America betrayed them. Obama, as usual, is wrong.
What the hell do you expect them to say?
The only consistent thing about our immigration policy is its inconsistency.
I support a 100% immigration pause, including for Cubans.
Definitely not good on balance.
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