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Politico: Obama Cuba Policy Change Puts Trump in Immigration Pickle

Politico: Obama Cuba Policy Change Puts Trump in Immigration Pickle

(AP)

By    |   Thursday, 12 January 2017 08:27 PM EST

President Barack Obama's surprise move to end a decades-policy allowing illegal Cuban immigrants to remain in the United States could put President-elect Donald Trump in a political bind, Politico reported.

According to the outlet, a reversal of Obama's executive action would likely be in line with the views of his deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland, and transition official Maurico Claver-Cuoron, a pro-embargo activist.

But securing America's borders was at the heart of Trump's presidential campaign – embraced by millions of voters, including Cuban Americans.

The new policy reverses one that came about more than 20 years ago, letting Cubans who'd made it into the United States illegally stay here and pursue citizenship.

Ending the decades-old policy, according to Jason Marczak, director of the Latin America Economic Growth Initiative at the think-tank Atlantic Council, puts Trump in a "difficult spot," Politico reported.

Marczak told Politico that because Trump has "spoken very passionately about the need to control immigration to the United States… it would seem to me that it would be politically difficult for him to reverse this."

Either way, however – whether Trump sticks with the Obama executive action or reverses it – there will be grumbling on Capitol Hill, Politico reported.

"Individuals on both sides of the U.S.-Cuba debate recognize and agree that ending 'wet foot, dry foot' is in our national interest," Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake told Politico.

"It is a win for taxpayers, border security, and our allies in the Western Hemisphere. It’s a move that brings our Cuba policy into the modern era while allowing the United States to continue its generous approach to those individuals and refugees with a legitimate claim for asylum."

But New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez pounced on the decision, complaining it was made without consulting Congress.

"We should never deny a Cuban refugee fleeing a brutal regime entry into the United States," he said in a statement. "The Obama administration seeks to pursue engagement with the Castro regime at the cost of ignoring the present state of torture and oppression, and its systematic curtailment of freedom."

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President Barack Obama's surprise move to end a decades-policy allowing illegal Cuban immigrants to remain in the United States could put President-elect Donald Trump in a political bind, Politico reported.
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