Cuban Immigrants And The United States

2259 Words Dec 16th, 2016 10 Pages
As Cubans began to enter different sects of the labor market, other than entry-level jobs, the locals complained that Cubans were stealing jobs and opportunities from them, the American people (Garcia, 20). After the “freedom flights” started, Miamians were even more displeased at the policies – disregarding that many of the Cubans would only stay temporarily in Miami and would later be resettled in other parts other parts of the country (Levine & Asis, 87). In all, some groups of locals were more welcoming and others were more resentful at the influx of Cuban immigrants. African Americans were among those that resented the preferential treatment Cuban refugees received. One should keep in mind that this occurred in the 1960s and 1970s, when accumulated racial tensions came to surface in both national and local demonstrations. Therefore, it comes to no surprise that a marginalized group, such as these African Americans in Southern Florida, would feel infuriated at the preferential treatments Cubans received. As Cubans began to enter the business world, African Americans claimed that the new Cuban employers would fire them from the shops and hire their own fellow Cuban exiles (Levine & Asis, 87). Moreover, due to the nature of racism in America being predicated largely on skin color, many white Americans preferred to have a Cuban with a heavy accent and little English capacity than to hire a black worker (Grenier & Perez, 53). This only intensified the resentment because…
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