Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama is ending the longstanding “wet foot, dry foot” policy that allows Cubans who arrive in the United States without a visa to become permanent residents, the administration announced Thursday.
The move, which wasn’t previously outlined and is likely one of the final foreign policy decisions of Obama’s term, terminates a decades-long policy that many argued amounted to preferential treatment for a single group of migrants.
“By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries,” Obama wrote in a statement Thursday.
“The United States, a land of immigrants, has been enriched by the contributions of Cuban-Americans for more than a century,” he continued. “Since I took office, we have put the Cuban-American community at the center of our policies. With this change we will continue to welcome Cubans as we welcome immigrants from other nations, consistent with our laws.”
No word on what he might do to any Cuban “DREAMers” among the refugees from communist slavery, but I’m sure we can safely make certain assumptions about that. Mexicans criminals and drug lords will still be welcomed with open arms, of course. And Muslim combatants will continue to be actively imported. But freedom-loving Cubans who are inclined to vote against seeing the system that enslaved, oppressed, imprisoned, and tortured them consolidated further here? Back to the gulags with you, comrades.
I will refrain from commenting on the attendant irony. Seven more days of this villainous toerag, folks. Which will probably turn out to be the longest seven days of our national life.
Update! The Bear points out that Vox’s take on this story is different from mine, and rightly so. I don’t really disagree with Vox on this, of course; as I’m sure all of y’all know, my point wasn’t about the desirability of allowing unfettered immigration from commie slave states or anywhere else, but about Obama’s highly selective immigration enforcement, and his contemptibly self-serving, politically-motivated hypocrisy in same. I especially like this bit:
Permitting Cubans to immigrate to the USA was far more harmful to Americans than simply invading and overthrowing Castro would have been.
True, dat. Although I have to say I don’t know how harmful Cuban immigration really was; seems to me that having an influx of staunchly anti-communist people who also see the Democrat Socialists for what they really are can’t be all that bad. Either way, the shit really gets stirred when the esteemed John C Wright jumps in:
I recall the days when you referred to yourself as a libertarian, Vox. Now your obsession has reached a point where, given a choice between siding with Castro’s slave state or rethinking your position on racial matters, you side with Castro. Given a choice between siding with Obama, who fundamentally hates every thing you love and who desecrates everything you hold sacred, and rethinking your position on race, you side with Obama.
On a personal note, the Left stopped seeming like humans to me and started seeming like remorseless enemy monsters in human form was when I heard them applauding the midnight military style raid on the house of Elian Gonzales, and cheering the news that the child would be returned to the island sized concentration camp. They hate liberty that much, the Left. They hate humanity, hate life, hate reason,truth and beauty.
Yet each of them was born as an innocent wee babe,cute and cuddly and poopy as were we all.
What changed them? What turns men into monsters?
I suggest that it is the lure of simple, elegant, powerful ideas which become like idols to them. The idol demands a small sacrifice at first, then more, then more.
I have always wondered why the first time one of them found his powerful idea and his cause was leading him into siding with what he himself despised and knew to be wrong, no friend warned him.
Strong words indeed; Vox responds politely, ably, and at length, and goes on to quote this:
American of Cuban descent, second generation. I have a few thoughts.
First, I agree with Obama’s decision even if I think it was done in bad faith. The US has enough people and it doesn’t need any more. The ones who have been arriving as of late have not been the best and the brightest, and have added nothing to the US except for more debt through social services and depressed wages.
Second, I know that this was done because of the elections. Obama is a petty man. Had Hillary won, Obama probably would have sat this one through and let Hillary take it down. Cubans hate the Clintons anyway, so there would be no love lost there. But Steve Sailor has this right, Cubans went for Trump 54%. They voted for him with the same percentage as white women. So yeah, a petty move by a petty man. Although good was done, it was still done under false presences. Had this been an honest move, he would have done it before the election, right around the time relations with Cuba were normalized.
Third, and this isn’t something anyone here is going to like to hear, but it must be said. For the poster who stated that the “Exile” should now go back, the “Exile” is dead. Literally. Those Cubans who considered themselves “The Exile” were baby boomers/greatest generation of which most have died. The last member of that generation is my grandmother who is so old she can neither speak nor move. Their children, the Baby Boomers, either came to the US as young children or were born here. They are somewhat culturally Cuban, but this is the gist, the Cuba which they are culturally a part of is no longer alive. CUBA, is dead. Dead dead dead. They may think they are Cubans, but most Cubans don’t acknowledge them as such. Indeed, they are very different in values and appearance.
The writer goes on to make some interesting points, ones which I hadn’t previously considered or been aware of. All of it is worth a look.