Cuban Immigration

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The Cuban Revolution started in 1952 led by the man named Fidel Castro. He attempted to over throw the current leader at the time Fulgencio Batista. He succeeded in 1959 leading to the start of his reign of power. He held that power until his retirement in 2008. From this time there was the huge influx of immigrants who came to Miami and New York City. Because of Castro’s ideas is the main cause for concern of people leaving the country. He was suspicious of everyone and anyone that like him would not like the government and try to overthrow him. He started putting restrictions on plenty of things to the citizens of Cuba such as, people only being able to own a certain amount of land. A lot of people also left because of what he was doing to their businesses. Once the Embargo Act was passed there main export which was sugar had now been cut off to its main buyer which was the United States. This left a lot of people in shambles because now the farmers growing it were making so much less money then before, and plenty of unemployed factory workers as well. Soon after he started closing down family businesses among other things because it was not owned by the government.

When the immigration to America started people from Cuba came by the thousands, and what helped them once they had gotten here is the fact that a lot of the people immigrating were in fact part of the middle and upper class which means they were very educated, and that they were able to hold better jobs then the lesser educated Latino immigrants. 19.6% had jobs as supervisors which was the highest of all Latino immigrants. Also at the time of the original wave of Cuban immigrants the Civil Rights movement was going on. You would have to imagine that people were accepting to a certain extent at this time because of everything going on with minority rights changing in favor for the minority. The Cuban Revolution was a turning point not only for Cuba but the United States as well. It showed that political refugees were able to better their lives once in the United States.