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Cubans Stuck In Transit After Former President Barack Obama Abruptly Ended 'Wet Foot Dry Foot' Which Granted Political Asylum Seekers Immediate Access To America

January 21. 2017

Former U.S. President Barack Obama

A mainstream press report from news agency Reuters indicates, approximately 1,000 Cubans are stuck in transit, as they were trying to come to America days before former U.S. President, Barack Obama, ended the 1994 "Wet Foot Dry Foot" immigration policy, which allowed people from Cuba immediate entry into the United States, permanent residency and $10,000. Cuban immigrants to America are classified as political refugees, as opposed to economic migrants.  

Some Cubans are despondent, as they sold everything they had in Cuba, including their homes, to take the dangerous journey to America. Reuters stated, "Jose Enrique Manreza, who sold his house and possessions in Havana to embark on a epic trip by plane, bus and foot through the rain forests of French Guiana, Colombia and Panama, estimated he had spent about $10,000 on the journey. 'Imagine how I feel, after I spent six days and six nights running through rivers and jungles in the humidity,' said Manreza, at a migrant shelter in the southern Mexican city of Tapachula, where he heard the news, along with 30 other Cubans."

Cubans and Cuban-Americans are angry with former U.S. President Barack Obama and state his conduct in ending "Wet Foot Dry Foot" is out of revenge for his fellow Democrat, Hillary Clinton, losing the election to Donald Trump, whom they've supported. Many Cubans voted for Trump in the election, which aided him in winning the State of Florida. Cubans often vote Republican.

I'm sorry this happened to them. The Cubans are not a problem in America. I know them. They come to America, get jobs, start businesses and pay taxes. They fix up communities to a high standard. The Mexicans aren't the problem either, as the majority of people from Mexico cross the border to the West Coast, buy goods and services from American businesses (such as food, clothes, hotel rooms, rent ect) and get jobs (working at jobs many Americans prefer not to do, such as those in the farming industry, among others).


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