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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.

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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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/world/americas/cuba-obama-wet-foot-dry-foot-policy.html

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About time


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Sounds fine to me.


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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)
2) WHY IS OBAMA ONLY TIGHTENING IMMIGRATION ON THE ONLY LARGE GROUP OF LATINOS (all immigrants?) THAT VOTES REPUBLICAN, WHILE THE "BACK DOOR" IS WIDE OPEN AND HE CHAMPIONS THE DREAM ACT?
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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And the award goes to....

 

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I just thought it was funny :D

 

 


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Splitting hairs dude, splitting hairs.


09/14/2012: Sent I-130
10/04/2012: NOA1 Received
12/11/2012: NOA2 Received
12/18/2012: NVC Received Case
01/08/2013: Received Case Number/IIN; DS-3032/I-864 Bill
01/08/2013: DS-3032 Sent
01/18/2013: DS-3032 Accepted; Received IV Bill
01/23/2013: Paid I-864 Bill; Paid IV Bill
02/05/2013: IV Package Sent
02/18/2013: AOS Package Sent
03/22/2013: Case complete
05/06/2013: Interview Scheduled

06/05/2013: Visa issued!

06/28/2013: VISA RECEIVED

07/09/2013: POE - EWR. Went super fast and easy. 5 minutes of waiting and then just a signature and finger print.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

05/06/2016: One month late - overnighted form N-400.

06/01/2016: Original Biometrics appointment, had to reschedule due to being away.

07/01/2016: Biometrics Completed.

08/17/2016: Interview scheduled & approved.

09/16/2016: Scheduled oath ceremony.

09/16/2016: THE END - 4 year long process all done!

 

 

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