But it also engendered frustration among immigrants from other countries, particularly in Latin America, who resented the preference Cubans got from US authorities. Cuban migrants who have already begun the process of applying for legal residency through the program will be allowed to continue.
Effective immediately, the US will remove Cuban nationals who enter the USA without the proper documentation and don't qualify for humanitarian relief, Obama said Thursday in a statement. The Department of Homeland Security also ended a program that attracted Cuban medical professionals to the U.S., Reuters reports.
In eliminating the 22-year-old "wet foot, dry foot" policy, Obama made what will likely be his final move in his quest to normalize relations with the Cuban government, which has wanted the U.S.to do away with the policy for years.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that Obama re-established diplomatic relations with Havana previous year, ending more than five decades of isolation with its Cold War foe.
As relations between the two countries have improved, critics of the law have said it no longer makes sense to give Cubans immigrants an advantage over those from other nations.
Now, as Obama leaves office, he says that the "wet foot, dry foot" policy was "designed for a different era". Trump has threatened to roll back some of Obama's directives, tweeting in November, "If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S.as a whole, I will terminate the deal", and condemning former leader Fidel Castro after his death in late November 2106.
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"Our role in the enforcement of US immigration laws remains unchanged in light of Thursday's announcement", Schultz said.
The policy was put in place by President Bill Clinton in 1995. Anyone who tries to come to the USA without a visa will be repatriated.
The Cuban government welcomed the decision on Thursday, calling it "an important step forward in bilateral relations".
Under the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act, Cuban migrants were given special immigration preference, which led to hundreds of thousands of Cuban migrants attempting to get to the U.S.in leaky boats and homemade vessels.
What do you think about the change in policy?
Many sensed a change after relations improved between the USA and Cuba previous year. "This governmental decision has mainly affected Cuban citizens that had their visas turned down in the Us embassy in Havana, ' it states".