As migrants pour into U.S. at Mexican border, Obama suddenly concerned about migrants from Cuba

There is no question the “wet foot, dry foot” policy for Cuban refugees was broken from the very beginning and needed to be fixed. That Obama finally addressed this flawed policy is not the problem, but the “how” and the “why” certainly is.

For one, Cubans are the only people in the Western Hemisphere living under the yoke of a violently oppressive tyranny (although Venezuelans may soon be joining them). Their only hope for freedom and a life where human rights are respected is to leave Cuba. Secondly, after years of turning a blind eye to illegal immigrants pouring into the U.S. through the Mexican border, the president suddenly decides that Cuban migration must be halted. Obviously, President Obama’s decision to end “wet foot, dry foot” had nothing to do with controlling illegal immigration and everything to do with giving another unilateral concession to the apartheid Castro dictatorship.

Here is Lowell Greenbaum on this very topic via The Augusta Chronicle:

Big mistake on Cuba: Removal of’ wet-foot’ policy hangs Cuban migrants out to dry

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Oh, so now he decides to get tough on illegal immigration!

What could President Obama possibly have been thinking Thursday when he ended a longstanding policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident.?

The “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy has been in effect since 1995. A crisis that year saw a surge of about 40,000 escapees from the island nation take to the water in attempts to reach Florida. So it was decided that if a refugee was intercepted in the water, he was returned to where he came from, but if he made it to shore, he would be fast-tracked for citizenship.

Not anymore. A refugee can make it to Miami Beach and continue to North Dakota if he likes, but he still is subject to being kicked out.

Obama said in a White House statement that Cuban migrants now will be treated “the same way we treat migrants from other countries.”

Really? Like the migrants who practically cartwheel across our porous border with Mexico every day? The difference is, Cuban refugees face certain political persecution upon their return to Cuba.

What’s going to become of them? Does the Obama administration really think they will be lovingly embraced by their government authorities? A country that’s only just taken mere baby steps in emerging from decades of jackbooted totalitarianism?

Mr. Obama may be sending Cuban migrants back to face either death, or a cruel fate in which they’d just wish they were dead.

To hear Cuba and the United States describe it, it’s a decisive step toward normalizing migration policies between the countries.

Don’t believe it.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio – whose parents emigrated to the United States from Cuba before Fidel Castro seized power – says changes are needed in our migration policies with Cuba. Few people are denying that.

But, he clarified, “we must work to ensure that Cubans who arrive to escape political persecution are not summarily returned to the regime, and they are given fair opportunity to apply for and receive political asylum.”

Hopefully Obama’s new policy will be in effect only as long as it takes to wait for the president-elect to take the oath of office.