April 20, 1980 – Fidel Castro Lets 125,000 Cubans Emigrate to the U.S.

On April 20, 1980, Fidel Castro Announced that anyone who wanted to leave Cuba and emigrate to the U.S. could do so. This resulted in the Mariel Boatlift, a mass migration with the use of boats from port Mariel in Cuba to the United State.

By the time the U.S. and Cuban government reached an agreement to end the boatlift, as many as 125,000 Cubans had reached Florida.

 

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The mass migration eventually created political problems for U.S. president Jimmy Carter. It was discovered that a number of the refugees had been released from Cuban jails and mental health facilities.

The Mariel boatlift took place between 15 April and 31 October 1980. By the time the U.S. and Cuban government reached an agreement to end the boatlift, as many as 125,000 Cubans had reached Florida.

Watch the news of the time and how the politicians then reacted to the occurring events.

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