U.S. Eases Immigration Rules for Some Cubans

From Times Wire Reports

The Bush administration said it would relax immigration rules for some Cubans, focusing largely on reuniting families who have relatives in the U.S.

The policy shift comes nearly two weeks after Cuban leader Fidel Castro handed temporary power to his brother, Raul, for health reasons.

It is intended, in part, to pressure the regime into giving Cubans official permission to head to the U.S. It also seeks to discourage a mass migration from Cuba through dangerous waters.