Local Cubans react to 'wet foot,dry foot' repeal - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

Local Cubans react to 'wet foot,dry foot' repeal

  • Fox 29 Daily HeadlinesMore>>

  • Shiffrin gets silver in Vonn's last Olympic race; Gisin wins

    Shiffrin gets silver in Vonn's last Olympic race; Gisin wins

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:37 PM EST2018-02-22 04:37:26 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 12:36 AM EST2018-02-23 05:36:48 GMT
    (AP Photo/Christophe Ena). United States' Lindsey Vonn comes to a stop in the finish area of the women's combined downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena). United States' Lindsey Vonn comes to a stop in the finish area of the women's combined downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.

    Lindsey Vonn, the leader after the downhill portion, made a mistake early in the slalom and didn't finish in what's likely the final race of her Winter Games career.

    More >>

    Lindsey Vonn, the leader after the downhill portion, made a mistake early in the slalom and didn't finish in what's likely the final race of her Winter Games career.

    More >>
  • Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

    Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:24 AM EST2018-02-22 05:24:41 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 12:35 AM EST2018-02-23 05:35:37 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). President Donald Trump, looks to Julia Cordover, the student body president at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., as she speaks during the listening session with high school students, teachers, and others...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). President Donald Trump, looks to Julia Cordover, the student body president at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., as she speaks during the listening session with high school students, teachers, and others...

    Students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence.

    More >>

    Students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence.

    More >>
  • Drink up: Thursday is National Margarita Day

    Drink up: Thursday is National Margarita Day

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:36 AM EST2018-02-22 13:36:42 GMT

    The origins of the celebration are not known, but it is celebrated annually on Feb. 22.

    More >>

    The origins of the celebration are not known, but it is celebrated annually on Feb. 22.

    More >>

Story Video: Click here

Less than two months ago Cubans in South Florida celebrated the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro, hoping his passing meant the beginning of a new story for the island, but on Thursday, President Barack Obama closed an entire chapter.

RELATED: More Cuba coverage

"He made the biggest mistake 8 days before leaving the White House," said Carlos Gonzalez, a Cuban author and exile living in West Palm Beach.

President Obama is ending the 'Wet Foot,Dry Foot' policy enacted by the Clinton Administration in 1996. Under the policy, Cubans who reach American soil can stay in the country. Now, Cubans will be deported like any other immigrant attempting to enter illegally.

"The only alternative the Cuban people have now is to take a boat, risk their life, and come to the United States and you close those doors? I cannot applaud President Obama.

Gonzalez was a political prisoner in Cuba, He tried to leave boat in 1961 and was caught. He finally left the island in the 1967 in search of a better life for his family.

"We are coming here from Cuba, from Central America, from Europe. Everybody comes looking for what? Security, freedom, opportunities. This is the number one country in the world," added Gonzalez.

Some say Obama's decision will now level the playing field for all immigrants.

"A lot of people try to migrate to this country from all over Haiti, Dominican Republic, the other Caribbean nations. When they get here they get turned back," said Joseph Belzaguy. 

But Ruben Navarro argues that other countries have not faced the five decade long communist regime Cubans have. 

"If we had the same right, I would agree with that, but we don't," said Navarro. 

The Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 still stands. It allows Cubans who come into the country legally gain immediate admission and permanent residence status after one year. 

Scripps Only Content 2017

Powered by Frankly

1100 Banyan Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.