Skip to comments.Why Do Many Cubans Vote Republican?
Posted on 07/31/2021 6:05:12 AM PDT by daniel1212
After the Cuban Revolution in 1959, Fidel Castro introduced communism to the island, which resulted in a wave of Cuban immigrants who were against this regime immigrating to the United States.
“That generation suffered a lot because they took away what they had earned through years of work” said Gonzalo Hernández, photographer and family man, who came to the U.S. in his early twenties. His maternal grandfather, the man who introduced solar heaters to Cuba, lost his business to the Cuban revolutionary forces. “One day he came to his factory and it was full of military officers and they asked him ‘do you work in here?’, he said he was the owner and they said ‘no, you are not the owner anymore, the owner is the people,’” Hernández narrates. In a similar way, his paternal grandfather was dispossessed of his law firm.
Hernandez’s aunt, who similarly lost her beauty salon, left the country with her family and consequently, was forced to leave her apartment to the government. As many Cubans at the time, she had to part away from the life she said to feel satisfied with. “My aunt suffered a whole lot and she could not stand Fidel,” Hernandez says. “People who lost to Fidel live with a lot of resentment.”
For some, this resentment is what makes a lot of exiled Cubans against Democrats. “Cubans in the U.S. associate Hillary with communism, they make a parallel between her and the Cuban government.” Johan Carlos Sánchez, 53, artist, says. “They have a deep hidden wound.”
Nestor Diaz de Villegas, a poet, essayist and critic that has been living in the United States and writing about Cuba for 37 years says, “we always go Republican, there is nothing positive a Democrat can bring to those who have experienced socialism.”
However, from his point of view the wounds of the revolution are not the reason why Cubans are conservatives, but rather,their familiarity with the development of communism “it is not resentment, it is wisdom, it is knowledge” Diaz de Villegas says.
The Cuban government took Diaz de Villegas apart from the island after he was forced to spend some years as a juvenile prisoner. All of these for having written and distributed a poem criticizing the change of name of a prominent street in Havana.... The poem cost him five years of prison...
For him, many Cubans are conservative because they come from a society that used to democratic, just like the United States, and that society evolved into a dictatorship that has lasted 58 years. “I see what happens when Democrats are in power and I see it is very similar to the process I experienced in Cuba” Diaz de Villegas says...
Trump said he would cancel the deal Obama has established with Cuba unless he got “the treatment that Cubans, both here and in Cuba, deserve.”
According to everyone interviewed, this opinion is widely shared among Cuban exile Republicans. They see the uplifting of the embargo as a concession to a regime that should not stand in place. From their point of view, the embargo must not occur until Cuba is democratically governed...
“It is very rare to see someone my age who is not a Democrat,” says a young Cuban Trump supporter, who decided to remain anonymous, “if you are a Republican, they’ll go after you.”
The divide in political views among Cubans in the United States is influenced by their different experiences with the Cuban government, and their view on what must be the policy for the island. Cubans exiles remain, however, Republicans in their majority.
Related: Most [58%] Cuban American voters identify as Republican in 2020 ... - https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/10/02/most-cuban-american-voters-identify-as-republican-in-2020/
The Obama administration has ended the Clinton-era policy known as "wet foot, dry foot," which allows Cubans special immigration status just days before he leaves office.
The change in the policy would effectively mean Cubans are treated like other immigrants in that those who enter the United States illegally would be subject to return, according to the White House...
Cubans have been offered a "special visa" status that allows them, with a single "dry" foot on U.S. soil to claim a green card and get onto a pathway to citizenship, a policy developed in the mid-1990s by President Bill Clinton...
The "wet foot, dry foot" policy was continued under Presidents Bush and Obama.
"Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities," the White House statement said. "By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries." - https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/obama-administration-ending-wet-foot-dry-foot-policy/story?id=44744274
The inconsistency btwn this "wall" and that of fostering immigration from South America (including my friendly, working, pro-family but overall Democrat-voting neighbors) may be best explained by how each group is likely to vote.
That’s an easy one. Because they (or their families) know what communism is, and came here to escape it.
The way the Republicucks are acting why vote for the loyal and subservient opposition?
Because they have more than 2 functioning brain cells and have experienced the communist/ socialist misery???…is this a trick question?….
and this is why the Biden administration won’t let them into the country, but all who want to come from the direction of Mexico are welcome
This is why the Biden Rats will never help Cuba. There is nothing there for the Rats. Cubans are basically Republican voters. IMOD
Hopefully, RINOs are the only reason it isn’t ALL.
I once worked with a Cuban who could sing Ave Maria that could bring you to tears. He would do it at work.
It seems to me that it wouldn’t be much more difficult for the freedom loving Cubans to come ashore in Mexico and just walk across the border with the others. Am I missing something?
The answer to the question is in the first sentence of this piece.
To paraphrase,”In 1959 Castro introduced Communism...”
And ever since tjhe country went down the shitter (as all Commie Nations eventually do) and Castro & friends got rich and richer.
Because they or their predecessors lived under what the Democrats want to force upon them here, and they didn't like it much.
and castro was promising democracy
“Cubans in the U.S. associate Hillary with communism, they make a parallel between her and the Cuban government.”
Gee, I wonder why?
And it began with Obama.
Meaning - one person. Leftists love this crap.
Good point. The Dem clowns did not however, anticipate hispanics voting Trump the last election. It did not even surprise me that super blue Wade County aka Miami, had a large voting record for Trump the last election.
The Elian Gonzales Raid directly resulted in Al Gore’s defeat in 2000. Pretty sure they all still remember.
The Cubans who arrived between 1980-2021 are not Republicans.
Ethnically, most of them trace their ancestors to Africa and the Caribbean, and most of them have limited job skills.
The largest concentration of those Cubans live in the metropolitan area of New York City, and they vote heavily Democrat.
The first wave of Cubans that came in 1960 were the professional class and business owners of Cuba.
Many of them traced their ancestors to Europe, they voted about 75% Republican, and they were concentrated in southeast Florida.
The children and grandchildren of the first wave are less Republican, and many of them self-identify as white Americans with Cuban relatives.
I forgot to mention that Cuba, in 1960, was probably the wealthiest country in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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