WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, President of Engage Cuba, James Williams, released the following statement on the Obama Administration's announcement to end the "wet foot, dry foot" policy that granted residency to Cubans who arrived in the United States without visas:
"This is a logical, responsible, and important step towards further normalizing relations with Cuba. The 'wet foot, dry foot' policy has been an enduring problem that decades of hostility and isolation failed to solve. This change, which has long had strong bipartisan support, would not have been possible without the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba.
"Like with expanded internet access on the island, rapid growth in the Cuban private sector, a more robust civil society, and Cuban-American family reunification, this is another major accomplishment of our new policy of engagement. The next step is for Congress to lift the embargo for once and for all."
Over many months, U.S. officials worked with the Cuban government to reach a bilateral agreement to allow Cubans who are turned away from the U.S. to return to Cuba.