Mexico Deports Illegal Immigrants

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Mexico has just sent a planeload of illegal immigrants home.

Not long after President Obama repealed the long-standing policy called, “Wet Foot, Dry Foot,” Mexico has deported 91 illegal Cuban immigrants who once used Mexico as a gateway into the United States.

When still in place, the U.S. policy allowed Cubans who reached U.S. soil to not only stay in America, but to be granted residency here. However, this deal came with a caveat.

The Cubans who fled to the United States were only allowed to stay if they reached the mainland by land, but not if they were picked up at sea before reaching the shore, hence the name “Wet Foot, Dry Foot.”

The recent repeal of “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” left hundreds of Cubans, many who traveled a long, hard, and extremely costly journey to America through Mexico, stranded in that country.

Mexico’s National Migration Institute stated Friday that 71 men and 20 women were flown to the Caribbean island by Mexican federal police jet from the southern city of Tapachula, about a week after Obama repealed the “wet foot, dry foot” policy.

The Institute said, “The Cubans were in Mexico ‘irregularly’ even though many of them had applied for a temporary permit to stay in Mexico.

The Cuban government hated the policy and had been trying for years to end to it because they felt the promise of U.S. residency was creating a market for people-trafficking and encouraging dangerous journeys.

Trump, during his campaign, had promised to end all of Obama’s deals with Cuba unless Castro’s government makes further concessions.

Cubans Stranded in Mexico

Cubans Stranded in Mexico

H/T: Reuters

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