By, Noah Montague, LAWG Intern 11/5/2013
The population of people of Cuban heritage living in the United States continues to grow. Although Cubans have lived in the United States en masse since the 1950s, the most recent generation of Cuban Americans living in the United States looks quite different – and so do their ideas about U.S.-Cuba relations.
While the original Cuban exiles of the 1950's left Cuba due to their political opposition to the new government, recent immigrants have left Cuba for different reasons. Although Cubans who have immigrated to the United States in the 21st century may not agree with the politics of the Cuban government, the majority of them have come to the United States for better economic opportunities rather than to escape the island as "refugees," which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services classifies as "generally people outside of their country who are unable or unwilling to return home because they face serious harm."