New policy for Cuban migrants
President Barack Obama said that he was terminating the 22-year-old policy that has allowed Cubans who arrived on United States soil without visas to remain in the country and gain legal residency, an unexpected move long sought by the Cuban government.
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. By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries.
Implication of the move
The move places a finishing touch on Mr. Obama’s efforts as President to end a half-century of hostility between the U,S, and Cuba and to establish normalized relations and diplomatic ties with a government U.S. presidents have long sought to isolate.
Earlier, Cubans disenchanted with their government in Cuba used to leave Cuba for US. US used to welcome such Cuban migrants on account of its policy to bring disgrace to Cuban government so as to create ground for changing government in Cuba.