Peter Pan Operation Summary

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It was called that because Peter Pan Between 1960 and 1962, more than 14,000 Cuban children were secretly flown to the United States to escape Fidel Castro who would soon begin taking children against the wishes of their parents to military schools and to Soviet labor camps so the Parents said goodbye to their children not knowing if they would ever see them again. They went in plane over to Miami Florida and everything became known as Operation Peter Pan. In Spanish is known as Operación Pedro Pan because it had taken the three darling children away to Never-Never Land. The operation was run by David Atlee Phillips. Pedro Pan had its origins in the December 1960 visit to Miami by James Baker, headmaster of the Ruston Academy in Havana to try to secure funds and visas for about 200 children. The children were placed with friends, relatives and group homes in 35 states. This made it difficult finding places and fosters for the children. But many in the Cuban exile community in Miami disagree that the program was unwarranted, believing Operation Peter Pan was necessary to remove the children from Castro’s totalitarian state and give them lives of freedom. They argue that the children were political refugees who deserved refuge here. But everything turned out good at its end. Works Cited Moffett, Dan. "What Was 'Operation Peter Pan'?" Immigration Issues. Immagration Issues, n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2014. "Princeton University - Home." Princeton University - Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. Sierra, J.A. "Operation Pedro Pan." Cuban Revolution -., n.d. Web. 13 Jan.

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