Friday, January 13, 2017


Obama Ends Wet Foot/Dry Foot Policy, Cuban Medical Professional Parole ProgramUPDATE: The president has released a statement, saying that the repeal of the policy was an effort to further normalize relations with Cuba. Obama said that the policy was "designed for a different era." Now, Cubans who reach the United States and "do not qualify for humanitarian relief" will be removed from the country, just as migrants from other nations are treated.

Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security ended the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, which allowed Cuban medical professionals working in another country under orders of the Cuban government to move to the United States.

The full text of the statement:
Today, the United States is taking important steps forward to normalize relations with Cuba and to bring greater consistency to our immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security is ending the so-called "wet-foot/dry foot" policy, which was put in place more than twenty years ago and was designed for a different era. Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities. By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries. The Cuban government has agreed to accept the return of Cuban nationals who have been ordered removed, just as it has been accepting the return of migrants interdicted at sea.
Today, the Department of Homeland Security is also ending the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program. The United States and Cuba are working together to combat diseases that endanger the health and lives of our people. By providing preferential treatment to Cuban medical personnel, the medical parole program contradicts those efforts, and risks harming the Cuban people. Cuban medical personnel will now be eligible to apply for asylum at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, consistent with the procedures for all foreign nationals.
Read entire article here: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/christinerousselle/2017/01/12/us-ends-wet-footdry-foot-policy-n2270679

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