Obama making changes to Cuban immigration policy
Posted 1/12/17

WASHINGTON (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.

https://www.apnews.com/1282ea8156984fffaadee98b23475c28
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That...is actually really interesting. I think this was the natural course with regards to opening relations back up with Cuba, but it was still unexpected, especially given the rhetoric surrounding immigration these days.
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I mean on one hand, its only fair to immigrants from other countries if we are going to have a normalization of relations with Cuba, on the other hand I highly doubt being deported from the US and sent back to Cuba and having their government know that is not a great situation to be in either, especially since Raul Castro is still in power.

I do find the end of the medical personal policy troubling though. Cuba has a habit of keeping skilled workers (especially medical personal) from leaving the country or emigrating by force, which completely goes against freedom and Western values. Sure, it's bad when a country experiences a brain drain, but at the same point having a policy that emulates the USSR of preventing citizens from leaving with the threat of jail or other intimidation tactics should also be something the the US doesn't become complacent with.

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What a betrayal...
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HuastecoOtaku wrote:


WASHINGTON (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.

https://www.apnews.com/1282ea8156984fffaadee98b23475c28


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