So all those hundreds of thousands of people who have been fleeing Cuba for the past 40 years have actually been reactionary landlords? Keep smoking that weed boy!
[quote]One outcome of communist victory in Cuba was a flood of middle and professional class refugees to the United States. Many of these refugees established large Cuban communities in Miami, Tampa, and New York City.
In 1980, the Cuban government allowed 125,266 Cubans, including a number of criminals as well as persons with mental illness, to leave Cuba in the “Mariel boat lift.” While most “Marielitos” were healthy and guilty only of wanting to leave a repressive system, this extraordinary event is often seen only as a means of Cuba ridding itself of the mentally ill and criminals. In the 20 years since the Mariel boat lift, 1,425 of the Marielitos have been sent back to Cuba and 1,750 remain in the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) (Ojito, 2000). Most Marielitos have enjoyed success in the U.S., while others have had greater difficulty than earlier Cubans in establishing themselves.
The most recent large influx of Cubans was in 1994, when about 30,000 “rafters” reached the U.S. Since then, the INS has sent all Cubans stopped in the water back to Cuba, while allowing those who reach land to stay. From the beginning of modern Cuban immigration of refugees in 1959 and continuing until today, there have been large numbers of family reunification cases.
Most early Cuban refugees to the U.S. were of Spanish origin, while later refugees and immigrant groups have included more people of mixed or African origin.[/quote]