Ethnic Groups And Discrimination Essay

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Since initiating a revolution and coming to power in Cuba, Fidel Castro has on three occasions (1965, 1980, and 1994) open the boarder for massive emigration by dissidents. In each case, thousands of Cubans set out for Florida. In1965 and 1980 the United States granted asylum, but not in 1994. President Clinton ordered U.S. Coast Guard to intercept all the rafters and deny them asylum. Cuba responded by threatening to eliminate all barriers to emigration. Yet within a few months both countries revised strategies; Cuba resumed patrol of its boarders and the Unites States Authorized 20,000 Cubans per year asylum through regular immigration channels. Since coming to power in 1959, Fidel Castro’s revolution has faced considerable dissert. During period of economic turmoil Castro’s dissenters would gain boarder hearing and raise tensions, to a dangerous levels. To alleviate tensions, Castro could remove barriers to emigration. He had on two separate occasions. The 1994 crises were precipitated by the collapse of the Soviet Union (U.S.S.R) Cuba’s biggest supporter, in 1991-92 which lead to large cuts in assistance. Cuba’s national output fell by more than half. August 1994, falling living standards led to riots and public protest in Havana, leading Castro to declare that “he would not stop anyone who wished to leave and to go by sea and go to the United States”. In the past tens of thousands of Cubans risk their lives on rickety rafts in periodic mass exoduses that acted as a safety-valve for the island communist system. About 125,000 took to the sea when Fidel Castro allowed a mass boat lift from the Port of Mariel in 1980. Another 30,000 left in 1994, and did not make it because of drowning or being eaten by sharks. Since the agreements between Cuba and the United States staunched the flow anyone picked up at sea is now returned to the island of Cuba. Only those who
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