• Joel Brown

    Staff Writer

    Joel Brown

    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 4 comments on Why Is the Cuban Immigrant Story in the US So Different from Others

  1. Many thanks for this feature and for the book! My wife and I spent six or seven weeks in Cuba in 2017. We made friends across the island, where I went to study traditional drumming and Miriam drew people and vegetation. Like others with friends in Cuba we have been dismayed and worried about the restrictions on remittances and wish the administration would lift them. That our foreign policy is hostage to the stridency of exiled Cubans is just awful.

  2. There are so many amazing stories -and histories- of Cubans who fled Castro’s tyranny, not all of us “wealthy oligarchs”, and made a new life and positively impacted the United States. Yet, the story that “Hollywood” told was “Scarface” with Pacino. Yes, “The media did a good job on that one”.

  3. Fix your facts: Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA) is signed into LAW in November 1966, when Cubans started their “special status”, not 1959. Obama only removed the dry-foot-wet-foot policy (put in place by Clinton). CAA is still valid and legal as of today. As long you are inspected and admitted through an open port into the US, you are a Cuban national and be present for one year one day, the CAA law allows for Adjustment of Status and a path to citizenship. Why do Cubans have a different “special status”? It is simple: try to grow up as a child in a country where you had three toys per year… where you can’t study certain college programs because your relative lives in the US… where you need the approval to leave your country… where if you were a Doctor you can’t visit other countries unless you leave your children behind…

    It is very easy, from here, to pretend to understand there.

    By the way, you wish. CAA can only be removed by the POTUS if and when Cuba has democratic elections. Not even Congress can remove it. That was the condition when it was signed into law.

    1. Thanks for your comment, AL. We wrote to Prof. Eckstein with your comment and she replied “The CAA , which grants Cubans a unique path to lawful permanent residence and to citizenship, in turn, built on earlier unique entitlements granted Cubans since 1959.”

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