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Barack Obama's Administration Ends Special Immigration Policy for Cubans

January 13, 2017 5:22 AM
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Barack Obama's Administration Ends Special Immigration Policy for Cubans

Washington: The Obama administration on Thursday announced the repeal of a measure granting automatic residency to virtually every Cuban who arrived in the United States, whether or not they had visas, ending a longstanding exception to US immigration policy.

The end of the "wet foot, dry foot" policy, which allowed any Cuban who reached US soil to stay but returned any picked up at sea, is effective immediately. Cuban officials had sought the change for years.

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