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Fla. lawmaker wants 'wet foot, dry foot' repeal

Posted at 4:17 AM, Dec 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-16 04:17:29-05

A Miami lawmaker calling for the end of a decade’s long policy could put Cubans on an even playing field.

Right now, Cubans receive preferential treatment over other immigrant when coming to the United States.

The Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966, or "wet foot, dry foot" policy allows Cubans to stay if they step foot on U.S. soil.

Humberto Rivera, an aspiring baseball player, took advantage of the policy and arrived in the U.S. five months ago.

He traversed the Dominican Republic and stepped foot into Puerto Rico. He now lives in Florida, pursuing his dream.

“I left Cuba with goals and I left there to pursue a dream,” Rivera said. “If they remove it, we’re going to be affected greatly."

"The U.S. has given us this privilege and we give thanks to the American government for their support.”

Rivera says when making such proposal, lawmakers should give special thought to the contributions Cuban-Americans have made.

The proposal, a resolution of sorts was made by Miami Rep. Frank Artiles. It cites “at the time the law was enacted, the Cuban government was not recognized by the United States” but with both countries now maintaining diplomatic relations he is urging Congress to repeal the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966.