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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday will terminate the so-called wet foot, dry foot policy that allows Cubans who arrive on United States soil without visas to remain in the country and gain legal residency, a senior administration official said, in an unexpected move long sought by the Cuban government.

The action, first reported by The Associated Press, will come through a new Department of Homeland Security regulation and an agreement with the Cuban government. Details of the decision were disclosed on the condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting a formal announcement expected later Thursday.


Federal figures show that at least 63,000 Cubans moved to the United States last year, the bulk of them crossing the southwestern border on foot. More than 250,000 Cubans have been granted residency during the Obama administration.


Edited by elmcitymaven
I'm an idiot.

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I think Obama's doing it for the following reasons:
1) He wants to be known for normalizing relations with Cuba. Apparently he doesn't mind Cuba's brutal dictatorship and ZERO change in that policy, or the US's making unfounded concessions to that dictatorship. (See Cruz's video on Castro's death for a taste). The only thing I know of that has changed in Cuban immigration politics is that now Cuba says they will take back escapees.
2) He wants to slap back at Cuban Republicans (especially in Florida) who didn't vote blue. Florida is a key election state, and I think Cubans are the most conservative Latinos who legally vote.
However, regardless of what I think his motives are, the action of throwing out this policy does not seem such a bad idea. Moving to the US is a privilege, not a right, and having extreme need should not qualify one for a green card to the US. There is some part of me that wants to say "Yes, those fleeing tyranny should be able to come here," but I can't wholeheartedly champion it.

Now, what I want to know is:
1) Will Trump reverse this (easily done with a stroke of the pen)
3) Rubio's response (as of the two sentences) I have seen two far looked unclear as far as responding to this actual policy, though he is clearly opposed to normalizing relations with Cuba. What will Cruz say?

(Note: 2nd question is rhetorical)

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