In yet another presidential directive on Cuba just days before he leaves office, the AP is reporting that President Obama has scrapped the “wet foot, dry foot” policy for Cuban refugees fleeing the apartheid Castro dictatorship. The policy, originally put in place by President Clinton, granted automatic asylum to refugees who made it onto land in the U.S. while those intercepted at sea are returned to communist Cuba.
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Obama administration scraps ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy for Cubans
Move likely marks last major change to US-Cuba policy before Obama leaves office
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is ending the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that granted residency to Cubans who arrived in the United States without visas.
That’s according to a senior administration official, who said the policy change was effective immediately.
The official said the U.S. and Cuba have spent several months negotiating the change, including an agreement from Cuba to allow those turned away from the U.S. to return.
The move comes about a week before President Barack Obama leaves office and is likely the last major change he will make to his overhaul of the U.S. relationship with Cuba.
The official insisted on anonymity in order to detail the policy ahead of an official announcement.
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