The Case For Another Cuban Boatlift

[Originally published by Forbes]

 

On March 21, President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba since Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution. The visit will continue his ongoing efforts to normalize relations with the Communist country, in a strategy thought to benefit both sides. For the U.S., normalization could amend ties with an island that, just 90 miles from Florida, has shown past aggression. And for Cuba, it could bring commerce to a poor and confined population. But if the U.S. really wants to uplift average Cubans—while creating economic growth for itself and destabilizing the Castros—it should just help Cubans escape their own country. Such mass migrations have occurred before, to the benefit of America–particularly Miami…[read the rest at Forbes]