My, How Things Change
April 20th, 1980, Fidel Castro announces all Cubans who wish to emigrate to the USA are free to go. Boats have been arranged for their safe passage, all they have to do is show up at the port of Mariel, west of Havana.
The first of refugees arrived in Florida the following day. During the next six months, a total of more than 1,700 boats brought 125,000 Cuban refugees to America. The influx of immigrants was halted in October, 1980, in an agreement between the two countries.
For so many years, America has prided itself as the home of the brave and the land of the free. People from around the world saw America as the place to live free without fear of racial or religious persecution.
Who could have imagined that in just 37 years, the United States would change from symbol of freedom attracting thousands of refugees, to a symbol of tyranny where refugees are fleeing from the United States in droves?
Americans are escaping north across the Canadian border on a daily basis.
What does it mean when people would rather walk miles through freezing cold than sleep one more night in their home?
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“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.” –Henry David Thoreau
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