Obama Administration Ending 'Wet Foot-Dry Foot' Policy

Michael Hernández, a Gimenez spokesman, said the mayor's criticism of the "wet foot-dry foot" policy referred to smugglers abusing it to support human trafficking from Cuba, as well as the practice of some Cubans using the automatic residency provisions but then returning to the island while collecting USA government funds.

"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 USA law and enforcement priorities", Obama said.

Mr. Obama declared that this notion is to take effect immediately, as it would serve as a positive move regarding how the us policy will serve migrants from all nations just the same as they will with Cuban migrants.

Cuban Jose Enrique Manreza, who sold his house and belongings to pursue the American dream, told Reuters he is now stuck in a Mexican border town after Obama abruptly ended the policy that was adopted by President Bill Clinton.

US immigration policy has given Cubans benefits granted to nationals from no other country.

In exchange, Cuba has agreed to start accepting Cubans who have been issued a deportation order in the USA, something they have refused to do for decades.

The decision, formalized in a joint statement issued by both governments Thursday, comes as Obama tries to cement his historic opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba and one week before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

A decades-old USA economic embargo, though, remains in place, as does the Cuban Adjustment Act, which lets Cubans become permanent residents a year after legally arriving in the U.S.

Obama Administration Ending 'Wet Foot-Dry Foot' Policy

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"Obama f*cked all Cubans", reportedly added Yadiel Cruz, identified as a 33-year-old man who left Cuba on December 6. The policy was created to prevent future similar mass migration, while still recognizing the political ramifications of turning back Cubans, particularly in the Cuban American community where the opposition to the Castro regime has been fervent. But all those people that come here just to live here and it's been one year and one day and then go back to Cuba and take all the money that they make to Cuba.

Although politics are changing, Cubans are still coming to the U.S. In fact there has been a recent uptick in Cuban migration: more than 118,000 have arrived at U.S. ports of entry since 2012.

"I like it very much", said Laura Vianello, a Miami resident who left Cuba legally with a visa when she was a girl.

In exchange, Havana has agreed to start accepting Cubans who are turned away or deported from the US. Cuban officials had long condemned the policy, saying it encouraged Cubans to take big risks to traverse the perilous waters of the Florida Straits.

The Department of Homeland Security is also ending the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, the statement said, which gave preferential immigration treatment to Cuban medical personnel.

Javier Carrillo, head of the National Migration Service of Panama, noted that the change in USA immigration policy will not prevent Cubans from traveling to the United States illegally.

"Maybe it's going to be harder for people to get a job or something". The measure allowed Cuban doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to seek parole in the US while on assignments overseas. "They leave Cuba because there is an oppressive regime in Cuba". There is little in the current state of U.S. That policy has sent thousands of doctors fleeing to the United States along with their medical skills.

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