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Poll: Many Floridians Want End to Special Rules for Cuban Immigrants

By    |   Tuesday, 14 April 2015 03:55 PM

A large percentage of Floridians want to see special federal immigration privileges for Cubans come to end, according to a recent poll released by the Fort Lauderdale-based Sun-Sentinel.

Thirty-seven percent of Florida residents, who live in the state with the largest Cuban population, say that they support ending special treatment for Cuban immigrants under the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966, according to the poll conducted by the University of Florida Survey Research Center at the request of the Sun-Sentinel.

Of the 521 Florida residents polled, 27 percent said they think the privileges should remain, while a third said they were unsure.

Forty-six percent think there should be an end to the "wet foot/dry foot" policy, which allows Cuban refugees to stay in the United States if they reach the nation's shore, returning them if they are caught trying to escape from Cuba while still at sea. The "wet foot/dry foot" policy dates back to 1995.

According to polls conducted by the Cuban Research Institute of Florida International University, Cuban-Americans still have strong support for both policies.

There are no plans by the Obama administration to change any Cuban immigration policies. However, it did announce in December that the United States was restoring diplomatic relations with the small communist nation and travel restrictions were lifted in January.

President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met on Saturday at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, which is the first time the leaders from the two countries have met face-to-face in almost 60 years.

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