Florida Senate - 2017 SM 84 By Senator Garcia 36-00166-17 201784__ 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 two 17 countries did not maintain diplomatic relations, travel between 18 the United States and Cuba was severely restricted, and Cuban 19 immigrants were refugees from political oppression during the 20 Cold War, and 21 WHEREAS, travel between the United States and Cuba is now 22 considerably less restricted, NOW, THEREFORE, 23 24 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 25 26 That the Congress of the United States is urged to review 27 and revise the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 to reflect the 28 changes in the relationship between the United States and Cuba 29 in the half century since its enactment. Specifically, the 30 Congress of the United States should consider the circumstances 31 under which Cuban immigrants are eligible to apply for social 32 benefits as refugees under the wet foot, dry foot policy, taking 33 into consideration the renewed diplomatic relations between the 34 two nations. 35 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be 36 dispatched by the Secretary of State of the State of Florida to 37 the President of the United States, to the President of the 38 United States Senate, to the Speaker of the United States House 39 of Representatives, and to each member of the Florida delegation 40 to the United States Congress.