Cuba

When Obama dropped the ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy, he also snuffed out another program few Americans knew about

When Obama dropped the ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy, he also snuffed out another program few Americans knew about

When President Obama killed the 22-year-old policy giving preferential, fast-track citizenship to Cubans who could make it to the U.S., his administration nixed another program, too. Not well known to most Americans, it sought to undermine the Cuban government through a form of brain drain.

The Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, created in 2006 under then-President George W. Bush, aimed to lure away some of the tens of thousands of doctors, nurses and other medical workers the island nation dispatched around the world, in what the Castro  government touted as Cuban Medical Internationalism.

The U.S. strategy was an appendix to the “wet foot, dry...

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