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Posted: 3/23/2006 8:55:14 AM EDT
I've got a question thats been bugging me.

Why is it that if a Mexican crosses our border, he's an "illegal.

If a cuban swims to our shore, and touches US soil, he's a political refugee?

I know part of the answer is to stick it to Castro, but why are we putting up with this double standard?
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 8:56:49 AM EDT
there is what's called the "feet dry" rule that applies to cubans only. this came as an agreement between us and russia more than cuba for political reasons.

basically if a cuban is intercepted at sea, he is sent back, but if his feet touch US soil he can stay as a refugee.


stupid as hell rule, but i didnt write it.
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 8:57:23 AM EDT

Because cuba is still a communist dictatorship, and those people are legitmately "refugees".

Nobody is a refugee from Mexico - they are just here to mooch.



Of course, the powerful Cuban lobby has some effect too, but they're ultimately two fundamentall different cases.
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 8:57:45 AM EDT
Well because Cubans who flee Cuba really are political refugees.

Sure they're here to make a better life for themselves. Not a problem.

But Cuba to this day is still an oppressive regime.
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 8:59:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
Because cuba is still a communist dictatorship, and those people are legitmately "refugees".

Nobody is a refugee from Mexico - they are just here to mooch.



Of course, the powerful Cuban lobby has some effect too, but they're ultimately two fundamentall different cases.



Would the same thing happen if a boat load of Chinese washed up on shore?
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 9:02:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By shootemup:

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
Because cuba is still a communist dictatorship, and those people are legitmately "refugees".

Nobody is a refugee from Mexico - they are just here to mooch.



Of course, the powerful Cuban lobby has some effect too, but they're ultimately two fundamentall different cases.



Would the same thing happen if a boat load of Chinese washed up on shore?



No. Like N_T said, there is a SPECIFIC cold war era agreement that allows this policy for cubans. It also didn't apply to east germans, romanians, soviets, etc. It is a thing specific to cuba.

I was just trying to answer your question as to why Cuban immigrants are treated differently than Mexican immigrants.


Link Posted: 3/23/2006 9:04:56 AM EDT
here in Miami the Hatians HATE HATE HATE that policy and thus they hate the Cubans too. Hatians are NOT considered refugees around here, and do not recieve the preferential treatment that the cubans get.


Cubans are not given refugee status just because Cuba is a communist dictatorship
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 9:09:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By shootemup:
I've got a question thats been bugging me.

Why is it that if a Mexican crosses our border, he's an "illegal.

If a cuban swims to our shore, and touches US soil, he's a political refugee?

I know part of the answer is to stick it to Castro, but why are we putting up with this double standard?


One of the joys of having a brain, is the ability to use one's judgement to find different solutions for different situations.
Cuba is not Mexico, and Mexico is not Cuba.
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