SM 1642 First Engrossed 20161642e1 1 Senate Memorial 2 A memorial to the Congress of the United States, 3 urging Congress to review and revise the Cuban 4 Adjustment Act of 1966. 5 6 WHEREAS, the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966, Pub. L. No. 89 7 732, 80 Stat. 1161, was enacted and subsequently amended to 8 allow certain Cubans physically present in the United States to 9 be treated as aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence, 10 entitling them to become legal permanent residents after 1 year, 11 and 12 WHEREAS, this law provides Cuban immigrants with an 13 advantage that immigrants of other nationalities do not have, 14 and 15 WHEREAS, at the time the law was enacted, the Cuban 16 government was not recognized by the United States, the 17 countries did not maintain diplomatic relations, travel between 18 the countries was severely restricted, and Cuban immigrants were 19 refugees from political oppression during the Cold War, and 20 WHEREAS, travel between the United States and Cuba is now 21 considerably less restricted, NOW, THEREFORE, 22 23 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 24 25 That the Congress of the United States is urged to review 26 and revise the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 to reflect the 27 changes in the relationship between the United States and Cuba 28 in the half century since its enactment. Specifically, the 29 Congress of the United States should consider the circumstances 30 under which Cuban immigrants are eligible to apply for social 31 benefits as refugees under the wet foot, dry foot policy, taking 32 into consideration the renewed diplomatic relations between the 33 two nations. 34 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be 35 dispatched to the President of the United States, to the 36 President of the United States Senate, to the Speaker of the 37 United States House of Representatives, and to each member of 38 the Florida delegation to the United States Congress.