Cuban Immigration Late 1950's



In 1959 Fidel Castro overthrew the favored Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista and took over.

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Before this, Cuba wasn't such a bad place to live and, but after he took over many people left Cuba for the United States for freedom. Most of these immigrants settled in Miami Dade County, Florida, 63% to be exact, Why? You may ask, well it is a close place to Cuba with lots of other Cubans. The U.S. Government was open to Cuban immigrants and even aided eligible immigrants. 1.3 billion dollars were used for financial assistance to Cubans. They were eligible for public assistance, Medicare, English courses, scholarships, low interest college loans, and business loans to start businesses. The most significant waves of Cuban immigrants have been in the last fifty years and there have been four significant waves since then. One of which was in 1980 when 125,000 immigrants traveled by boat to Florida and the U.S. let them in unknowing that they were "undesirables". In total, there have been over 250,000 Cubans that have left Cuba since 1959. In total there are over 541,000 people in the U.S. that are Cuban. Economically, Cubans do pretty well and most are employed. The wealthiest usually are caterers that mostly cater to their Cuban community (Especially roasted pigs on Christmas Eve). In fact, there was one Cuban that was Chef of Staff of the White House. Financially, Cubans are also doing pretty well too. The median income for a Cuban-American is $36,671 which is higher than other Hispanic groups in the U.S. but lower than non-Hispanic whites. The median income for a U.S. born Cuban is about $50,000 which is higher than other non-Hispanic whites.