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Obama ends ‘wet foot, dry foot’ immigration policy

United States President Barack Obama has ended a two-decade-old “wet foot, dry foot” immigration policy that allowed Cuban migrants who reach the American soil illegally to to stay and become legal residents, a significant step towards normalising relations with its former Cold War foe.
●    The repeal of the long-standing immigration policy, coming in the last days of the Obama administration, is effective immediately.
●    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.
●    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 “wet foot, dry foot” policy mostly allows Cubans who reach U.S. soil to stay in the country. Those caught at sea are returned to Cuba.
●    The Cuban government praised the move. 
●    The decision is expected to weigh upon the strategy of President-elect Donald Trump, who had vowed to renegotiate ties with Cuba.