As deportations have drastically decreased in the last years of Obama's presidency, commentators have accused the president of shifting even further left on immigration.
Now, the president has abruptly ended the so-called "wet foot/dry foot" policy that has applied to Cuban immigrants since it was established by Bill Clinton in the 1990s. Cubans who reach American soil will be at risk of arrest and deportation, just like any other illegal immigrant.
The move has been met with a range of reactions on both sides of the political aisle. Liberals who opposed the former policy worried that it encouraged dangerous behavior by would-be immigrants, while conservatives who are cheering Obama's move consider it a step toward more secure borders. Proponents of the old policy, meanwhile, maintain that it allowed countless Cubans to escape Castro's brutal regime.
"Effective immediately Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United Stated illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities," Buck Sexton says.