Obama mak­ing changes to Cuban im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - PAGE TWO -

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — Pres­i­dent Barack Obama is end­ing a long­stand­ing im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy that al­lows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and be­come a le­gal res­i­dent, a se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial said Thurs­day.

The re­peal of the “wet foot, dry foot” pol­icy is ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately, ac­cord­ing the of­fi­cial. 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. The U.S. and Cuba planned to is­sue a joint state­ment later Thurs­day. The of­fi­cial in­sisted on anonymity in or­der to de­tail the change ahead of the an­nounce­ment.

The of­fi­cial said the Cubans gave no as­sur­ances about treat­ment of those sent back to the coun­try, but said po­lit­i­cal asy­lum re­mains an op­tion for those con­cerned about per­se­cu­tion if they re­turn.

Obama is us­ing an ad­min­is­tra­tive rule change to end the pol­icy.

Don­ald Trump could undo that rule af­ter be­com­ing pres­i­dent next week.

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