Friday, January 13, 2006

Foot Wet, Foot Dry Policy in Action

A federal judge hinted Thursday that he thinks the federal government may have erred when it repatriated this week 15 Cubans who had landed on an abandoned bridge in the Florida Keys. U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno said he would not rule immediately on the emergency lawsuit filed on the Cubans' behalf by family members and an advocacy group seeking their return, but he questioned the government's reasoning. The government said it repatriated the Cubans because the bridge no longer connects to land. Under the government's "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy, Cubans who reach U.S. soil are generally allowed to stay while those caught at sea are returned to the communist island. Moreno said even those who disagreed with giving Cubans special protections under U.S. immigration law would. For the full story, see


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