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Sen. Marco Rubio Comments on Reversal of 'Wet Foot, Dry Foot' Policy

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    MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 31: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks to the media after casting his general election ballot during early voting on October 31, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Mr. Rubio is in a race against his Democratic opponent Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL) for the Florida Senate seat. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Florida Senator Marco Rubio sharply criticized the Obama Administration's decision to end the 'wet foot, dry foot' policy as part of the ongoing normalization with the Castro regime. The move, announced Thursday, eliminates the preferential treatment of Cuban migrants.

    Rubio slammed President Obama's Cuba policy saying it has contributed to the rise in Cuban migration since 2014.

    The Republican senator has been pushing for reform to the Cuban Adjustment Act, but argued that "we must work to ensure that Cubans who arrive here to escape political persecution are not summarily returned to the regime." The senator has been a staunch opponent of Obama's efforts to normalize relations with Havana.

    He also echoed the sentiments of Florida congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who opposed the elimination of the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program. The program allowed Cuban doctors to seek asylum in the U.S. "For decades, the Castro regime has forced thousands of doctors to go abroad as a tool of its foreign policy," said Sen. Rubio.

    The Florida Republican said he has discussed the issue with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and is looking forward to the new administration's commitment to repeal the Obama Cuba policy.

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