For the past decade, the United States has encouraged Cuban doctors and nurses working outside Cuba to defect to the United States.

Since 2006, the U.S. has approved more than 7,000 applications, according to the State Department and Department of Homeland Security. Now the Obama administration is considering ending the program as part of the normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations.

Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason was one of the first to report the story and joins me now from Washington.

How did the program work? How did we get 7,000 applicants in the system?...



Recent Articles

Date Title
1/29/16 PAC Favoring Ties With Cuba Raised $350,000 in Past Six Months, Will Spend on House, Senate Races
Byron Tau, WSJ
1/29/16 The American Invasion of Cuba
Ellen Garmerman and Kelly Crow, WSJ
1/29/16 Among Cuban-American Business Leaders, Divided Views On Way Forward
Desmond Boylan, AP
1/29/16 Peeling the Onion: U.S.-Cuba Economic Normalization
Margaret Crahan, The Huffington Post
1/29/16 After unusual weather, Cuba struggles to save prized tobacco crop
Reuters
1/29/16 'Car Talk' In Cuba: How Those Classic American Cars Survived The Embargo
NPR
1/28/16 Cuba's Irreversible Internet
Emily Parket, The Huffington Post
1/28/16 New Cuba regulations provide more ‘wiggle room’ for U.S. businesses
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
1/27/16 Why Cuba Is Becoming a Serious Culinary Destination
Tamar Adler, Vouge
1/27/16 New U.S. rules allow infrastructure projects, movie shoots in Cuba
Reuters
1/27/16 So You Want to Visit Cuba 'Before It's Ruined'?
Tomas Bilbao, The Huffington Post
1/27/16 The Immediate Risks of Cuba's Opening
Stratfor
1/26/16 Surge of Americans tests limits of Cuba's tourism industry
Jaime Hamre, Reuters
1/26/16 Why the U.S. Should Embrace the Rise of Cuba's Entrepreneurs
Ted Henken, The Huffington Post
1/26/16 Cuba still wary of U.S. telecom and Internet offers
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
1/25/16 Marco Rubio's Cold War
Mary Jordan, The Washington Post
1/22/16 Cuban officials say they have held 2 days of talks with their US counterparts about telecommunications and the Internet
AP
1/22/16 "House of Lies" makes history with shoot in Cuba
CBS News
1/22/16 Marco Rubio: Obama not doing enough to stop Cuba migrant crisis
Tal Kopan, CNN
1/21/16 Coast Guard: Migrants Fleeing Cuba Increasingly Violent
AP
1/21/16 In a reversal, Cuba tries price controls to tame food inflation
Reuters
1/21/16 Miami-Dade County leaders oppose Cuban consulate in Miami
Michael Vasquez, The Miami Herald
1/21/16 Pemex exploring compressed gas supply to Cuba
Argus
1/20/16 German firm acquires Seattle-based Clipper, plans new routes
AP
1/20/16 Rep. Diaz-Balart pushes Cuba to free dissident journalist on hunger strike
James Rosen, The Miami Herald
1/19/16 Cuba's Raul Castro to visit France on Feb. 1
Reuters
1/19/16 Miami readies a fight over Cuban consulate
Douglas Hanks, The Miami Herald
1/19/16 22-year-old Cuban-American woman could be the next Einstein, says Harvard
Vittorio Hernandez, IBT
1/17/16 U.S.-Cuba commercial flights on the horizon
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
1/17/16 In GOP, Emmer takes the lead on Cuba
Allison Sherry, Star Tribune
1/15/16 Cuba prevails in Havana Club rum dispute with Bacardi
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
1/15/16 Mexico and Cuba considering joint natural gas project -minister
Reuters
1/15/16 FCC to allow U.S. telecom services to Cuba
Roger Yu, USA Today
1/15/16 U.S. Coast Guard repatriates 169 Cuban migrants
Joey Flechas, The Miami Herald
1/15/16 Lift Cuba embargo while the window remains open
Star Tribune, Editorial Board
1/14/16 Cruise lines still awaiting OK from Cuba to begin trips with U.S. departures
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
1/14/16 Cuba to attend security conference with U.S. for first time
Ben Fox, AP
1/14/16 Plan For Cuba Ferry Terminal Reveals Shift In Miami Politics
Greg Allen, NPR
1/14/16 Facing possible Cuban immigrant influx, Miami-Dade schools ask for federal funding
Christina Veiga, The Miami Herald
1/13/16 First group of stranded Cuban migrants leaves Costa Rica
Reuters
1/13/16 President Obama calls for lifting Cuban embargo in State of the Union
Carlos Barria, Reuters
1/13/16 Mexico to grant transit visas to Cuban migrants
Reuters
1/13/16 Setting sail for Cuba
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
1/13/16 U.S.-backed music festival headed to Cuba
Alan Gomez, USA Today
1/12/16 Unilever returns to Cuba in joint venture with state
1/12/16 Miami Medicare fraud fugitive returns from Cuba — voluntarily
Jay Weaver, The Miami Herald
1/11/16 In Cuba, Cash Trickles In for Budding Capitalists
Dudley Althaus and Jose de Cordoba, The Wall Street Journal
1/11/16 Current Record
1/11/16 U.S.-Cuba relations: Plenty to work on in 2016
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
1/11/16 China's financial backing keeps Cuban port's expansion on track
SINA
1/8/16 Miami-Dade mayor plays down idea of Cuba ferry plans
Douglas Hanks, The Miami Herald
1/8/16 Dummy Hellfire missile mistakenly shipped to Cuba
AP
1/8/16 Fates of 53 Cuban Dissidents Show Difficulty of US Policy
AP
1/7/16 Showtime’s ‘House of Lies’ To Be First U.S. Scripted Show Filmed in Cuba
Whitney Friedlander, Variety
1/7/16 First Cuban migrant flight to leave Costa Rica next week
Reuters
1/7/16 36 Hours in Havana
Damien Cave, The New York Times
1/7/16 Miami-Dade pursuing ferry service to Cuba from PortMiami
David Smiley and Douglas Hanks, The Miami Herald
1/6/16 McAuliffe, in Havana, says Obama ‘should come and will come visit Cuba’
Laura Vozzella, The Washington Post
1/6/16 Mexican Senate calls for free-trade agreement with Cuba
IANS
1/6/16 Cuba May Use Middlemen for Flights to U.S.
Lenore T. Adkins, Bloomberg BNA
1/5/16 Five freed in US-Cuba rapprochement back in custody: rights group
AFP
1/5/16 Meet Cuba’s Amateur Boxers
Lucia De Stefani, Time
1/5/16 Virginia and Cuba to sign port agreement, look to expand trade
Reuters
1/5/16 The Deadly Kiss of Price Controls on Cuban Consumers
Yoani Sanchez, The Huffington Post
1/2/16 White House: decision on Obama Cuba trip in next couple months
Jeff Mason, Reuters