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But most rafters take a chance with the

United States "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy, which states that Cubans who make it to United

States soil is free to seek political asylum. However, those caught offshore are returned

to Cuba. Very often, Cubans win the race against the United States Coast Guard, as my

family and I did. But, more often, they do not. According to the Coast Guard, they have

caught and returned about 2,100 Cubans since the beginning of last year after finding

them on rafts, rickety boats and even riding a floating 1951 Chevrolet pickups. The

United States used to allow the Cubans that made America to stay. But the rules changed

drastically in 1995. The United States started to send any Cubans who were caught

trying to sneak into the United States back to Cuba. The new rule is as follow: if you

make it to the United States soil, you can stay. But if you're floating in the water, you

have to go back. Those who truly seek political asylum for example, have a well-founded

fear of persecution if returned are resettled in countries other than the United States of

America. There are currently about 700,000 Cuban Americans living in and around


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    Of course, this is excellent.

    But, it doesn't sound like YOUR own words.

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