US-Cuba Political Relations
The US-Cuba politics have been characterized by the effort of United States to uproot Fidel Castro from leadership. This policy has been handed down through administrations, generations of presidency with little or no success. The relationship is a complex one ranging from policy sanctions, changes in the foreign policy and politics of refugees. The movement of the Cuban nationals into the United States underpins the US-Cuba political relations.
The entry of Cubans into the US for 45 years is a clear contradiction which has continued to define US foreign policy. The US refuge policy from 1959 to 1995 underscores the anti-communist agenda aimed politically to eradicate Fidel Castro from power. Beginning with the 1962 Migration and Refugee Assistance Act all the way to 1994 an estimated 1 million national from Cuba had entered the United States through the open door policy either on special admission status, parole or as refugees (Masud-Piloto, 1996). This political status saw Cuban migrants receive preferential treatment in the areas of education, medical care, resettlements, housing and welfare benefits.