Barry didn’t want a bunch of Cubans flooding across the Florida beaches so he kept it quiet…
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is ending a policy that granted residency to Cubans who arrived in the United States without visas, several congressional sources said on Thursday.
The change in the policy, known as “wet foot, dry foot,” is effective immediately. The Department of Homeland Security is also ending a policy for Cuban medical professionals, known as the parole program.
The policy change, which had been in the works for months, was made abruptly because advance warning might have inspired thousands more Cubans to take to the seas between the island and Florida in order to beat a deadline. “Otherwise you’d put lives at risk,” one congressional aide said.
The end of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy was first reported by the Associated Press, citing a senior administration official.
The United States and Cuba have spent several months negotiating the change, including an agreement from Cuba to allow those turned away from the United States to return, the official said, according to AP.
The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.