Term Paper: Wet Foot Dry Foot Policy

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[. . .] Miami-Dade County has an estimated 650,000 Cubans." ("U.S. Policy Favors Cuban Refugees") Cubans also have greater political clout, three Cuban republicans are in congress including; Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, and Diaz-Balart's. In addition the mayor of Miami Dade is a Cuban American. ("U.S. Policy Favors Cuban Refugees")

While the power of the Haitian community is not as prominent as the Cuban American community the article explains,

The Haitian-Americans' political influence has also been growing, spreading from Miami's Little Haiti into North Miami, but they do not have the clout of the Cubans. The 2000 Census put South Florida's Haitian community at 150,000; though advocacy groups said the number is closer to 450,000. In 2000, North Miami's Philip Brutus became the first Haitian-American elected to the state Legislature. North Miami's mayor and vice mayor are of Haitian descent. In 1999, the village of El Portal, just north of Miami, became the first U.S. community to have a Haitian majority on its governing body. ("U.S. Policy Favors Cuban Refugees")

In any case the Haitian Community has a long hard road in front of them. The must fight for the respect of their countrymen and do all they can to extend the law. As for the recent influx of Haitian immigrants many of them will be sent back to Haiti.

Human Rights

Many believe that the wet foot dry foot policy is not humane. Human rights activist contend that the policy treats people like cattle and create a dilemma for many seeking freedom. Many feel that America should not allow people to leave their country illegally to come to America and be made legal citizens. Many also believe that the immigrants are sometime treated very badly if they are found in the water. There have been instances where the coast guard has sprayed people with water hoses so that they can not reach land. Another problem with this policy is that when people have to go back to Cuba they may be subjected to cruel treatment for attempting to defect.

In the article "U.S. Policy Favors Cuban Refugees" a human rights activist explained it best saying, "I'd like them to eliminate this wet foot/dry foot policy. It's unfair to immigrants,"... "It's not a question of Haitians and Cubans. It's a question of respecting basic human rights." ("U.S. Policy Favors Cuban Refugees")


The purpose of this discussion was to explore the immigration policy of wet foot dry foot and to determine why this policy is so controversial. We found that the policy was enacted in 1966 and reinforced by the Clinton Administration. We found that the policy enable Cubans whose feet touch American soil to stay in the country legally. Our investigation discovered that the policy is controversial because many of the refugees of other countries such as Haiti are not given the same privileges as Cubans. We concluded that the reason for this difference in treatment stems from the Cold War. In addition we discovered that the American government views Cuban Refugees as Political asylum seekers that need to be protected. However the government views Haitian immigrants as economic refugees who are seeking a better life because Haiti is a poor country.

We also found that the Cuban government opposes the policy because it contributes to unnecessary deaths. Our investigation also uncovered that Haitian Americas are negatively affected by this law and that Haitian American Activist want the policy to be extended to Haitian Refugees. Our research also found that many perceive the wet foot dry foot policy as a human rights violation and that America should stop the practice because it causes unnecessary death. It is my sincere desire that this report has thoroughly explained the policy of wet foot dry foot and why the policy is so controversial.

Works Cited

US immigration policy branded 'racist'." BBC News. January 3,2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/589848.stm

Castro, Max. The New Cuban Immigration in context. http://www.miami.edu/nsc/publications/Papers&Reports/CubanImmigration.html

Cuba calls for protests denouncing U.S. immigration policy." CNN News. September 22, 2000. http://www.cnn.com/2000/U.S./09/22/cuba.migration/

Fletcher, Pascaw. "Castro Blasts U.S. Immigration Policy for Cubans." http://immigration.about.com/library/news2000/blcastro0308.htm

Wet Foot Dry Foot." CBS News. September 20, 2000 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2000/09/19/world/main234718.shtml

US Policy Favors Cuban Refugees. http://www.afro-latin.com/English/top-story.html [END OF PREVIEW]

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