Obama: Cuban asylum seekers now chopped liver – no more visa-free admission

Obama: Cuban asylum seekers now chopped liver – no more visa-free admission
Cuban migrants headed for the US wait at the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border. (Image via BBC Mundo)

[Ed. – Cuban escapees who make it to the U.S. are the people we should be taking in.  Naturally — as with his policy on Syrian Christians — Obama is on the wrong side of the issue.  He has just ended a decades-old policy that gave them preference in this regard.]

President Barack Obama announced Thursday he is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident.

The repeal of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy is effective immediately. The decision follows months of negotiations focused in part on getting Cuba to agree to take back people who had arrived in the U.S.

“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,” Obama said in a statement. “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.”

The Cuban government praised the move.

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