Outgoing US president Barack Obama has repealed a longstanding policy that gave Cubans reaching US soil visa-free entry and expedited residency status. Now new arrivals without visas can be turned away – like migrants from other countries.
Though US-Cuban relations have been defrosting, many Cubans remain determined to reach American soil. DW talks to Cubans en route to the US and still at home about the future of emigration under President Donald Trump.
Washington has scrapped an immigration policy that granted automatic residency to Cubans who reached dry land in the US. The scrapping of the "wet foot, dry foot" law was welcomed by Havana.
Costa Rica has stopped over 1,000 Cubans from entering the country as renewed US-Cuba diplomatic ties spark a wave of migration. As relations thaw, many Cubans fear their virtual free pass into the US could soon end.
The reverse shift in US policy towards Cuba could hit US businesses that have poured into Cuba since 2014. But will it have the desired effect of pushing Havana towards political reform?
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