Coast Guard Rescue Leads To Dry Feet, Refugees Saved
This boat was rescued prior to sinking by the US Coast Guard. The survivors were returned to their home country.
Under the “Wet foot, Dry foot” policy, if you are Cuban and manage to put your foot on dry U.S. soil, (dry foot) then the government will allow you to stay. Undocumented Cuban immigrants who get caught at sea or even as close as 10 feet off of the surf, "wet foot," get a free trip back to the island nation which might be better called “Castro” than “Cuba.”
Why then, do two Cuban refugees who were picked up at sea along with five others qualify for the “dry foot” protection under immigration policy? The answer is, because they were in such sad shape, after 14 days at sea, they had to be transferred to a hospital for treatment. Since they are in a US public hospital, they probably qualify for protection even though the U.S. Coast Guard put them there.
The five other Cuban nationals who were in the same raft, but closer to life when picked up 45 miles off of the US coast, get the free trip back to Castro land because they remain “detained” aboard a coast guard cutter.
The Wet foot-Dry foot policy was implemented under the Clinton administration in an attempt to stem the tide of Cuban refugees risking their lives fleeing from the impoverished island nation. In a change of Cuban policy, over 100,000 Cubans were “encouraged” to leave Cuba. Interspersed in the mass of people sent to sea were the mentally ill, criminals and some spies.
Undocumented immigrants from other countries including Haiti attempting to illegally enter the U.S. do not get the same treatment. A nearly sinking boat of 45 Haitians picked up in July was returned to Haiti within the week.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) would grant undocumented workers from all countries who have managed to put their “dry” feet on US soil parity in treatment. First, CIR secures the border, thus reducing future unauthorized border crossings. CIR would also keep families who have established roots in the US to remain together. The reform helps keep houses out of foreclosure and props up the budget through hefty fines and taxes, and continued business investments. Opponents to CIR ask for legislation which would close the border without resolving the fate of 13,000,000 undocumented workers who are already here.