You may have seen recently that one more of Obama’s flaming bombs before leaving office was to unilaterally stop the policy of “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” that applied to Cuban refugees who made their way to our shores.
In case you are wondering, this sums up the “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” policy from Wikipedia (which I usually don’t use, but these definition is accurate):
The wet foot, dry foot policy is the name given to a consequence of the 1995 revision of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 that essentially says that anyone who fled Cuba and entered the United States would be allowed to pursue residency a year later. After talks with the Cuban government, the Clinton administration came to an agreement with Cuba that it would stop admitting people intercepted in U.S. waters. Since then, in what has become known as the “Wet foot, Dry foot” policy, a Cuban caught on the waters between the two nations (with “wet feet”) would summarily be sent home or to a third country. One who makes it to shore (“dry feet”) gets a chance to remain in the United States, and later would qualify for expedited “legal permanent resident” status and eventually U.S. citizenship. In January 2017, the Obama administration announced the immediate end of the policy.
But that is not all Obama ended when he gave this bone to the Communist regime of Cuba. Nope, there is another policy he also ended that is telling, and telling that more outlets aren’t reporting it. From the Los Angeles Times:
[…] The U.S. strategy was an appendix to the “wet foot, dry foot” policy created in the 1990s. Under “wet foot, dry foot,” Cubans who reached American soil on their own could stay in the U.S. But the medical parole program offered a path to American citizenship through any U.S. embassy and consulate abroad, according to a 2009 U.S. Department of State fact sheet. (Emphasis mine.)
Why is this a big deal? Well, remember that Cuba is a Communist country, so check out what they do in terms of doctors and nurses from Cuba:
Since the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power, Cuba has sent medical workers to countries across the globe, mostly in Latin America and Africa, to gain allies and heighten its humanitarian profile. Those efforts, some subsidized by the United Nations’ World Health Organization, also became lucrative, according to Sebastian A. Arcos, associate director for the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University’s campus in Miami.
He said Cuba’s exportation of skilled medical workers has become one of the most important sources of revenue for the communist government, bringing in billions of dollars over time. Critics have denounced Cuba’s export of doctors, nurses and other medical professional as conscription.
“The Castro regime keeps 95% of the doctors’ salaries that are paid for, even by the WHO,” Arcos said. “Then these doctors and nurses work essentially under slave-labor wage conditions. In countries like Brazil and Venezuela, which have very friendly relations with Cuba, those countries pay Cuba directly, sometimes in oil, and often times medical staff working in those countries get nothing.”. […]
Oh, yeah – SO glad Obama has chosen to “normalize” relations with this Communist dictatorship. What great leaders those Castros are, huh?
Needless to say, this decision regarding Cuban medical personnel was met with shock:
“He shouldn’t have gotten rid of that,” said Omar Lopez, human rights director with the Cuban American National Foundation in Miami. “It served as something comparable to America’s own Underground Railroad and now the doors are closed to doctors around the world working under those conditions. It’s a paradox. I could say it’s a criminal paradox.… That’s been a main priority of the Cuban government for years with the U.S. because Cuba needs to keep selling its doctors abroad.”
Arcos was critical of Obama, too.
“All this brouhaha over wet foot, dry foot is a smoke screen to hide the fact he eliminated the medical parole program — he didn’t have to do that,” Arcos said. “Now Obama has slammed the door shut for the entire Cuban medical community from escaping the Castro regime. The only reason President Obama eliminated the medical parole program was to appease Raul Castro.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
So it seems – appeasement is the reason for Obama’s unilateral dismissal of this program. It is beyond disturbing that we have a US President who has prostrated himself before Communist dictators in blatant disregard for their murderous ways and human rights violations.
It is to this delusional attitude exhibited by Leftists in this country that the author, Armando Simon, a Cuban refugee. He wrote this in the Federalist about those folks, American Communists, and their statements to him:
At the time, I thought they were misinformed, so I tried to tell them what it was really like. But they didn’t want to hear what I had to say, and nothing penetrated their skulls. They would argue with me! They had never lived in Cuba before the revolution, they had never visited Cuba after the revolution, they knew absolutely nothing about Cuba’s history, they knew nothing about Cuban culture, they didn’t even speak a word of Spanish, yet they would argue with a Cuban about Cuba! And they didn’t see how grotesquely stupid was their position.
Besides, he defied America, whereupon they indulge in abuse of the United States, usually by citing myths that they hold dear. Much has been in print, such as the comments of Canada’s Justin Trudeau, but you can hear some of the gushing admiration and Peter Hitchens throwing cold water on the admirers on YouTube.
So it’s all coming back. I have a deep hatred for such individuals, not just because they are praising a murdering, dictatorial Communist dictator, although that is understandable in the same way as hearing Muslims justify pedophilia. It is also because I know full well that such individuals, given half the chance, would send people to either concentration camps or firing squads, set up book-burning bonfires, shut down book publishers and news sources, and establish a secret police. Of that, you can be sure. That benevolent-sounding pipsqueak is evil. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
I can’t say as I blame him for his hatred of people who are so cavalier and ignorant about what it means to live under a Communist dictatorship, the constant and real harm done to the people in those countries seems not to faze them one bit. It is mind boggling.
Though considering what is happening in our own country regarding Civics and anti-American hostility perpetrated by our Educators, maybe it shouldn’t be so mind boggling.
One thing is for sure: what Obama has done has emboldened and appeased a Communist regime while asking for nothing much in return. Sadly, it seems the delusions of the Left are being implemented, both here and abroad.
Of note, this week brings more confirmation hearings, including for my Governor, Nikki Haley. I can’t imagine she won’t be confirmed to be the UN Ambassador, but I have to say, I, for one, am sorry to lose her from the State,especially for the UN. But hopefully,she can do some good there.
There are other hearings,too, so stay tuned for those. Should be an interesting week leading up to the Inauguration.
This is an Open Thread.