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Statement from Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez regarding changes to Cuban Immigration Policy

MIAMI (January 12, 2017)

As the county with the largest population of Cuban-Americans in the United States, the decision to eliminate the so-called “wet-foot/dry-foot” policy will undoubtedly impact our community. While the policy granted relief to many Cubans who were being persecuted by the Castro regime, I was concerned that “wet-foot, dry-foot” was being abused and required adjustments.

I am also disappointed by the decision to eliminate the medical parole program. The duties of the doctors who were previously protected by this program will continue to be mandated by the Cuban dictatorship. These doctors have been used as instruments of the regime and sadly, the elimination of the program will negatively impact their ability to practice medicine freely.

Ultimately these are federal issues, and as such, Miami-Dade County will continue to work closely with our federal partners on all immigration matters.

I continue to look forward to the day when Cubans living on the island have all the freedoms and privileges Cubans living in the United States enjoy.