Immigration attorney Carlos E. Sandoval raises awareness of the termination of America’s “wet-foot/dry foot” policy concerning Cuban nationals.
The United States government and Department of Homeland Security recently took important steps forward to normalize relations with Cuba by ending the so-called “wet-foot/dry foot” policy, which was put in place more than twenty years ago. This means that Cuban nationals who now attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities. Furthermore, the Cuban government has agreed to accept the return of Cuban nationals who have been ordered removed.
“This closes the door to Cuban refugees who are trying to flee an oppressive communist regime,” said attorney Carlos E. Sandoval, founder of Carlos E. Sandoval, P.A., a fully bilingual law firm that focuses on immigration. “It will affect Cuban refugees trying to enter the United States who do not have valid visas. It will also affect Cubans with final orders of removal, who can now be deported to Cuba.”
People affected by these measures, and relatives that were trying to bring their loved ones to the United States, should meet with a qualified immigration lawyer to explore other ways in which they may be able to bring their relatives to the United States. “It’s important to note that the Family Reunification Program was not affected by this change; therefore, Cubans who are being claimed by a relative in the United States may be able to obtain a parole at the American consulate in Cuba to enter the U.S. without having to wait for a visa to become available,” added Mr. Sandoval.
Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security is also ending the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, which allowed Cuban medical personnel conscripted to study or work in a third country under the direction of the Cuban government to enter the United States. According to a statement issued by President Obama, “The United States and Cuba are working together to combat diseases that endanger the health and lives of our people. By providing preferential treatment to Cuban medical personnel, the medical parole program contradicts those efforts, and risks harming the Cuban people.”
Cuban medical personnel will now be eligible to apply for asylum at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, consistent with the procedures for all foreign nationals.
About Carlos E. Sandoval, Attorney at Law
Carlos E. Sandoval is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association and the Broward County Bar Association. Carlos, who speaks fluent English and Spanish, is licensed to practice law by the Florida Supreme Court and the Federal Court for the Southern District of Florida. He focuses his practice in all areas of immigration, naturalization and removal. For more information or a consultation, call (954) 306-6921, or visit http://www.carlosesandoval.com. The law office is located at 450 N. Park Road, Suite 803, Hollywood, FL 33021.
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