From Al Jazeera:
"[The migrants] were an incredible piece of propaganda at the beginning of the Cold War," Anita Casavantes Bradford, a professor of Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California, Irvine, told Al Jazeera. "The government decided to regularize their status because it was a tool of Cold War foreign policy. It was a way of encouraging outward migration from Cuba to discredit the Castro regime," she added.
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