U.S. Visa-free residency for Cubans ends

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BBC reports that President Barack Obama has ended the longstanding policy that grants residency to Cubans who arrive in the US without visas:

The 20-year-old policy allows Cuban migrants who reach US soil to become legal permanent residents after a year. In exchange, Havana has agreed to start accepting Cubans who are turned away or deported from the US.

Many Cubans in the US say Washington is rewarding a regime which has failed to address human rights concerns. But President Obama is trying to continue the thawing of relations with Cuba in his final days of office. He said: “With this change we will continue to welcome Cubans as we welcome immigrants from other nations, consistent with our laws.”

In a statement on state television, the Cuban government praised the move as “an important step in advancing relations” between the US and Cuba. [. . .]

For full article, see http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38605338

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