Prominent Cuban dissident leader praises President Trump, calls for resumption of ‘Wet Foot/Dry Foot’ policy

Elena Toledo in PanAm Post:

Cuban Dissident Praises Trump, Calls to Resume “Wet Foot, Dry Foot”

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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 Obama repealed that policy, in Antunez’s opinion, “to ingratiate himself with the Cuban dictatorship and punish those who have opposed against its policy towards the island.”

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4 thoughts on “Prominent Cuban dissident leader praises President Trump, calls for resumption of ‘Wet Foot/Dry Foot’ policy”

  1. I love Antúnez, but for once I disagree with him. I’m actually happy that Obama rescinded Wet Foot/Dry Foot, because the recent arrivals are destroying el exilio. Let’s not even get into the proclivity of a significant number of them to get involved in ilicit activities like medicaid fraud and let’s not even get into the image of el exilio going down, because these people are vulgar and low class, but more significantly, their hatred of exile politics. Many of them if they had citizenship, I am sure would have voted for Sanders or Hillary. If Miami gets flooded with these people and they become citizens, we are going to lose our powerbase.

  2. Our “power base” has been largely an illusion. For the most part, we’ve simply been played–either played with or played against, but it hardly matters. We never understood, and apparently still don’t, that the solution would never come from outsiders, only from ourselves. But yes, since we have proved so deficient or inadequate, it’s understandable that many keep looking elsewhere. It’s still an illusion.

  3. Asombra,

    Our powerbase is real. We have 3 senators and 5 congressmen, dozens of mayors, judges and even a lieutenant governor which is nothing to sneeze at, but the archilles heal of the Cuban is greed and as Reinaldo Arenas said, there has never been a country that has produced as many scroundrals as Cuba. What good are all of these elected politicians, if you have a Trojan horse within your community? VIPs and millionaires/billionaires like Jorge Perez, Carlos Gutierrez, the Fanjuls, Saladrigas and the Estefans, etc… are powerful wheelers and dealers, scroundrals gave Obama the patina of legitimacy that he needed in order to completely capitulate to the tyranny. If these businessmen had worked together in our favor and if the masses of Cuban exiles had stopped going to Cuba to see their familita, well, maybe there would have been a different outcome. I think that our lack of unity and stupidity has faciliated our being played like fiddles.

  4. Our politicians were completely shut out and bypassed by Obama’s “normalization,” so that for all practical purposes, they didn’t exist. Cubans put Bush II in the White House, and what did that get us, again? Look, Cubans would be considerably more formidable if their power base rested on self-respect, dignity, self-control and a steely determination to see Cuba free. As for the pack of rich Cubanoid sell-outs, their problem is not so much greed as a pathetic, repulsive weakness for being seen as gente grande who are “in” with the top crowd, aka estar con los de arriba. Actually, weakness of one form or another has probably been the key problem–and yes, being driven by relajo is also a weakness.

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