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Latino Daily News

Thursday December 23, 2010

Five Cuban Aliens Enter U.S. Illegally - May Get to Stay in U.S. as ‘Dry Feet’ Immigrants

Wednesday afternoon, park rangers in Mona Island found five alien males, claiming to be Cuban citizens, after entering illegally into a U.S. territory.  Mona Island is the third largest island of the archipelago of Puerto Rico and is about 41 miles west from the main island of Puerto Rico. 

Upon arrival of the aliens, park rangers contacted the Ramey Border Patrol station for assistance and immigration processing.  After processing at the Border Patrol station, the Cuban adults will receive a Notice to Appear before an immigration judge for further proceedings under the Cuban Migration Agreement of 1995 and the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966.  They may qualify to stay in the U.S. under the ‘wet foot, dry foot policy’.

The wet foot, dry foot policy is the name given to a consequence of the 1995 revision of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966. After talks with the Cuban government, the Clinton administration came to an agreement with Cuba that it would stop admitting people found at sea. Since then, in what has become known as the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, a Cuban caught on the waters between the two nations (i.e., with “wet feet”) would be sent to the place of embarkation, i.e. Cuba. One who makes it to shore (“dry feet”) might remain in the U.S.