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Wet Foot, Dry Foot

Wet Foot, Dry Foot

Since the Cuban Revolution of 1959, over a million Cubans have flocked to the shores of America in search of greater economic opportunity and political freedom. The “wet foot, dry foot” policy is the US law which made it possible for Cuban immigrants who physically reach American land to legally stay in the United States, as citizens. Now, more than two decades after the law was put in place, the Obama administration makes its final foreign policy decision by putting an end to the act in January of 2017. But to fully understand why Barack Obama decided to overturn the policy, one must first study the history behind “wet foot, dry foot.”

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