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Obama ends another decades-old Cuba policy

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Cuban President Raul Castro, right, lifts up the arm of President Barack Obama at the conclusion of their joint news conference at the Palace of the Revolution, in Havana, Cuba, March 21. Obama was joined by wife Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha in the first visit by a sitting U.S. president to the island nation in 88 years. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

In the final, lame-duck days of his term, President Barack Obama is continuing his effort to fundamentally change the relationship between Cuba and the United States.

According to multiple sources, Obama has decided to scrap the so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy for Cuban refugees, which has been in place since 1995. The policy effectively states that if would-be Cuban immigrants are interdicted on the open sea, they may be returned to Cuba, but if they reach land, they are allowed to become legal permanent residents after one year.

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