McCain Wet Foot

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

US Senator John McCain is joining the growing debate over the government's wet-foot, dry-foot policy for Cuban immigrants, saying its time the policy was re-examined.

The proposal would permit illegal immigrants to obtain work visas for up to six years, with the opportunity to apply for permanent residency. It does not include any reference to the wet-foot, dry-foot policy. It's co-sponsored by U-S Senator Edward Kennedy, A Democrat from Massachusetts.

But McCain, a Republican from Arizona, says the policy has become increasingly contentious since 15 Cubans were sent back to the Communist island in January. The U-S Coast Guard found that a former bridge they landed on in the Florida Keys was not part of U-S soil because it no longer connected to land.

McCain, a likely 2008 presidential candidate, is holding town meetings across the country this week to promote his reform bill.

He is holding a town meeting tomorrow at Miami-Dade College's Wolfson Campus to promote his immigration reform bill.

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