New GOP Frontrunner Ben Carson on Wet-Foot, Dry-Foot Policy for Cubans: Huh?

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Ben Carson better brush up on history, because his knowledge of United States-Cuba relations is pretty pathetic. Ahead of his visit to Miami, he was unable to answer immigration policy questions in a phone interview with the Miami Herald.

When asked to talk about the wet-foot, dry-foot policy, which allows Cubans who reach land to stay in the United States, he was stumped. “You’re going to have to explain to me exactly what you mean by that,” Carson said, asked about wet-foot, dry-foot. “I have to admit that I don’t know a great deal about that, and I don’t really like to comment until I’ve had a chance to study the issue from both sides.”

He had a chance to redeem himself when asked about Cuban Adjustment Act, the law that gives Cubans the right to apply for legal residency a year after living in the U.S., and he once again had no idea what was going on. “Again, I’ve not been briefed fully on what that is.”

He really should have gone into an interview with The Herald knowing this, especially since the U.S. and Cuba renewed relations earlier this year. Plus, two of his opponents, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, are Cuban-Americans, and Jeb Bush is certainly not going to sleep on this issue.

Carson is moving in on Trump’s territory as the lead of the Republican party candidates, and he’s so far the only candidate who’s released a rap song.