Obama Repeals Cuban Immigration Policy, No Residency Without Visa! (VIDEO)
Obama Ends ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’
The Obama administration is ending ‘wet foot, dry foot’ effective immediately. ‘Wet foot, dry foot’ is a policy that granted residency to Cubans who arrived in the United States without visas
Apparently the policy change was made and put into effect immediately because the Obama administration believes that advance warning might have inspired thousands more Cubans to take to the seas in order to beat a deadline.
From The AP:
President Barack Obama is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident, a senior administration official said Thursday.
The repeal of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy is effective immediately, according the official. 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.
The U.S. and Cuba planned to issue a joint statement late Thursday. The official insisted on anonymity in order to detail the change ahead of the announcement.
The official said the Cubans gave no assurances about treatment of those sent back to the country, but said political asylum remains an option for those concerned about persecution if they return.
President-elect Donald Trump has taken a tougher line on U.S. relations with Cuba and could undo the change once he takes office.
Perhaps if Cuba was an Islamic nation Obama wouldn’t have ended ‘Wet foot, dry foot’.