Obama’s ended Cubans’ special immigration status

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On the 12th of January Barack Obama announced the end of “Cuban’s special immigration status”, which was considered as a great step towards the normalization of relationships with Cuba.

Known under the name of “wet foot, dry foot”, this law has been in effect for 22 years: it allowed Cubans who arrived on United States lands, without carrying visas, to gain a legal residency or stay in the country with a temporary “parole” status.

The US president claimed in a statement: “Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally will be subject to removal” in order to treat them “the same way we treat migrants from other countries”. The end of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, adopted in 1996 by Clinton administration, means the end of dangerous and illegal immigration, which was becoming a problem for the country.

The abrogation of this policy was agreed with all the members of the Cuban governament and defined as well as “an important step in the advance of bilateral relations”.

Link to Euronews’ report

Sources: The New YorkTimes, The Woshington Post, Youtube

Alessio Maurandi