Cuban Dissident Praises Trump, Calls to Resume “Wet Foot, Dry Foot”
Jorge Luis García Pérez, known as “Antúnez,” a Cuban dissident who was jailed for 17 years for political reasons, asked US President Donald Trump Thursday to reestablish the “wet foot, dry foot” immigration policy that was eliminated in January by former president Barack Obama.
The Cuban dissident who is in Miami receiving a tribute from the island’s exile community said that “there are many things to improve” in the short term regarding the policy that has been implemented towards Cuba and that will be the responsibility of President Trump.
“Antunez” said that with respect to the recent US election that he was not originally a Donald Trump supporter, but that he wanted to see Democrat Hillary Clinton defeated in order to bring about a change in US policy toward Cuba.
“By consensus, most Cubans” wanted that change, he alleged, and he called Trump a “firm and clear anti-Communist,” so he concluded: “I’m glad of Clinton’s defeat.”
The dissident said they are waiting for Trump to make several changes, among which is to put back into effect the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that provided preferential treatment to Cuban migrants, who were allowed to stay in the United States. Obama repealed that policy, in Antunez’s opinion, “to ingratiate himself with the Cuban dictatorship and punish those who have opposed against its policy towards the island.”
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