Obama is ending the ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy giving residency to Cubans arriving in US

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to deliver a speech at the Gran Teatro in Havana, Cuba March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The Obama administration is ending a policy that granted residency to Cubans who arrived in the US without visas, the Associated Press reported on Thursday, citing a senior administration official.

The change in the policy, known as “wet foot, dry foot,” is effective immediately, the official told the AP.

The US and Cuba have spent several months negotiating the change, including an agreement from Cuba to allow those turned away from the US to return, the official said, according to AP.

The shift in policy comes just days before Obama leaves office, and it is likely the last major change he will make to his overhaul of US-Cuba relations.

As the rapproachment between the US and Cuba has progressed over the last two years, a wave of migrants have left the island, many of them concerned that preferential immigration policies for Cubans arriving the US would end with a new era of engagement between Washington and Havana.

The policy has been criticized for giving preferential treatment to Cuban migrants while excluding others, particularly Central American migrants, who are also fleeing hardship and violence.

“The Obama Administration has taken a positive step toward a more sensible Cuban immigration policy, one that ends preferential treatment for Cubans compared with others who arrive without visas,” Washington Office on Latin America program director Geoff Thale said in a statement after the announcement.

“This change ‘normalizes’ our treatment of Cuban immigrants,” Thale added in the statement.

(Writing for Reuters by Eric Beech; editing by Eric Walsh)

SEE ALSO: Cuba’s opening to the world has a problem much closer to home than Donald Trump

Join the conversation about this story »

NOW WATCH: 4 things every American should know before booking a flight to Cuba

Obama is ending the ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy giving residency to Cubans arriving in US syndicated from https://lawpallc.wordpress.com

Advertisements

Author: Tristan Fox

I love to spend my weekends roaming around my neighborhood with my bike. I am into promoting online websites related to lawsuits, law tips and lawfirms. In this way I am aiding them in pushing their contents in gaining more leverage for the power of internet for local lawfirms in and around my area.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s