Mariam El-Rayes

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Honors Thesis


Inconsistencies arise when considering United States immigration policies in regards to Haiti and Cuba. This study further investigates causes of differential policy and implementation towards Haitian and Cuban refugees, or asylum seekers. By studying previous policies imposed on the two countries, the analyses of current policy inequalities are better illustrated. Discrepancies in Haitian and Cuban refugee procedures have been present in U.S policy since the mid-20th century. Research indicates that despite Haiti and Cuba’s similar migration methods and authoritarian governments, Cuban refugees escaping a communist regime receive preferential treatment. United States’ immigration policies favoring refugees escaping political persecution from Cuba are unprecedented and found nowhere else in the world.

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