Cuban Migration into the U.S. Essay

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Cuban Migration into the U.S. There have been several regions of United States that have gone through cultural changes throughout time. The indigenous people on the East coast went through a cultural change when the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. The people that lived in the North went through a cultural change when the French entered by the St. Lawrence River bringing their Roman Catholicism religion. The people that were living in what is now Alaska went through cultural change when the Russians entered the area with their new language and orthodox religion. More recently, the people of Miami have gone through cultural changes since the Cubans have entered Southern Florida. To understand the migration of Cubans to Southern…show more content…
The fall of the Soviet Union ushered in a new era of refugee and immigration policy toward Cubans. The collapse of the Soviet Union also meant the cessation of aid to its satellites. Without Soviet aid, conditions in Cuba steadily deteriorated, and the people of Cuba took to the streets in protest. In 1994, Castro answered the uprising by allowing Cubans to leave the country unmolested, and about thirty thousand obliged by taking boats to the United States. However, prior to the mass exodus, the United States policy towards Cuba was beginning to: "First, with the end of the Cold War, there was less need to embarrass the communist regime in Cuba, although the U.S. maintained its embargo against the island. Second, there was continuing public pressure to limit immigration. Finally, it became apparent to some U.S. officials Castro would continue to use refugee flows to rid the country of opponents or undesirable elements" (Crisp, 218). In addition to the aforementioned reasons, the United States was also concerned with the safety of the Cuban refugees at sea. By fall of 1994, the United States and Cuba agreed to redirect the flow of people from Cuba through "safe, legal, and orderly channels". Thirty thousand Cubans were intercepted at sea, returned to the U.S. navel base at Guantanamo Bay, and eventually allowed to enter the United States in
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