Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart Compares Trump’s Muslim Ban to Cuba’s “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” – Florida News

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart Compares Trump’s Muslim Ban to Cuba’s “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” – Florida News

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 2:42 p.m.

Miami Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, who is Fidel Castro’s nephew by marriage, has never been afraid to make ridiculous claims about his uncle’s regime. In 2009, Diaz-Balart actually argued that people who want to end the Cuban embargo are just like Nazi sympathizers. (They aren’t.)

Yesterday, Diaz-Balart made yet another factually dubious Cuba-related statement: He compared President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban and Syrian refugee bans to President Barack Obama’s decision to end the Cuban “wet foot, dry foot” immigration policy in December. Diaz-Balart claimed people who cheered Obama’s executive order but decried Trump’s are hypocrites.

But here’s the thing: Those two decisions aren’t even remotely similar. At all. And now, Diaz-Balart is rightfully getting lambasted for peddling nonsense to his constituents.

Consider for a moment just the dumbness of this comparison.

Politicians of both parties had long said the wet-foot, dry-foot policy was far too preferential to Cuban-Americans. While the Castro regime still denies its citizens many human rights, Cuban-Americans are now mostly able to travel freely between the U.S. and Cuba despite their official status as “refugees.”

Plus, unlike Trump, Obama did not issue any blanket ban on Cuban immigration or Cuban refugee resettlement. In fact, multiple Cuban refugee programs are still operating in the States, including laws that let Cuban immigrants who overstay their visas obtain legal residency, as well as laws helping the families of Cuban immigrants migrate to the States…

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