Volume 33
Issue 1
Fall '19

U.S. – Cuba Immigration Through the Lens of Executive Regulatory Policy: Understanding the Recent End to a Half Century of Special Immigration Regulations for Cuban Nationals

Written By: Lindsey Meyers


A strong belief that the regulatory system must remove outdated, inconsistent, or unnecessary rules informs the regulatory policy former President Barack Obama (Obama) adopted and identified in Executive Orders 13,563 (EO 13,563)1 and 13,610 (EO 13,610). President Donald Trump’s (Trump) regulatory policy in Executive Order 13,777 (EO 13,777) shares this principle. While one can distinguish the regulatory policies of Obama and Trump on many grounds, this point of convergence sheds light on why President Trump has chosen to maintain an immigration directive President Obama announced during the final days of his administration.

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