With all the talk in Washington of formulating a realistic and up-to-date Immigration Policy, there is something that most people haven’t heard of. In South Florida, however, we are very familiar with what is called the “Wet Foot/Dry Foot” Policy. It is the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA), of 1996.
The following article, by Ihosvani Rodriguez, in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, points out an interesting twist: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/fl-posing-as-cuban-citizens-20130417,0,5080853,print.story. As you can see, Illegal Immigrants are paying-up to acquire false proof of being a Cuban Citizen. Most people would ask: what’s the difference, if you are illegal, you could be sent back. So what?
As the article points-out, however, there are different rules for Cubans. If they reach Dry Land in the U.S., they can gain a Green Card, providing Permanent Residency, after waiting for just one year and one day. Illegals who came from other countries–or Cubans who were intercepted before they reach Dry Land–can be deported back to their native countries. The web page from the State Department, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, cites this fact, as follows: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/template.PRINT/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=6d893a4107083210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=6d893a4107083210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD.
This WF/DF Policy reminds me of the 1946 satire on Communism, by George Orwell, “Animal Farm”. The Farm was run by a pig by the name of Napoleon, who claimed that “All Pigs are equal, but some Pigs are More Equal than Others.” That’s what I hinted at in the beginning of this Blog Post: Some Illegals are more Legal (or, perhaps, less Illegal) than Others. This should not be the case.
Remember, also, that Senator Marco Rubio, Florida’s Great Republican Hispanic Hope, is a third gerneration Cuban-American. If new legislation requires a waiting period of thirteen years, will he allow the Cuban Adjustkment Act to expire–waiving the privilege that the More Equal (Cuban) Illegals currently have?