Refugee status

A refugee is a special category of immigrant not subject to regular immigration quotas.

Mariel Boatlift

The Mariel Boatlift of 1980 marked the beginning of the third great wave of CUBAN IMMIGRATION to the United States.

Guest children

With Europe engulfed in war starting in 1939, charitable organizations petitioned the Canadian government to provide asylum for child refugees, including Jews living in Britain, France, Switzerland, Spain, and Portugal.

Elian Gonzalez (1993– ) Cuban immigrant

Elián González became the focus of an intense public debate over America’s Cuban immigration policy after surviving a shipwreck in which his mother died during a November 1999 escape from Cuba.