Before President Barack Obama ends his presidency in a couple of days, he ended the 20-year-old policy that grants residency to Cubans who arrive in the US without visas. This so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy has applied solely to Cubans, which has resulted in tens of thousands of Cubans risking their lives to reach US soil every year. Under that policy, Cubans who manage to get a single dry foot on US soil have the right to residency without a visa and can apply for citizenship.
However, this policy has also provoked anger among other Latin-American lobby groups who feel the policy unfairly favors Cubans. Felice Gorordo, a Cuban American from Miami and a former Obama White House staffer, regarded this move as an important step in the normalization process in the maintenance of relationships between the two countries.