Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research


For decades, the United States government has imposed travel and trade restrictions on Cuba. However, it is possible that representatives support these policies as they are meeting the demands of the Cuban-American expatriates (ex-pats). The Cuban expatriate community has become a politically organized group that has been able to persuade U.S. policy for years. How did this come to be? This essay recognizes not only the political influence of the community but also their ways of political mobilization. Additionally, this essay acknowledges how the younger generations stray away from the hardline perspective of their Cuban elders. To conduct this research, examinations of exit polls and political participation surveys are given as well as examinations of campaign contributions from Cuban lobbyist groups. It is evident that Cuban-American ex-pats maintain much of their conservative political influence through campaign contributions and strategic voting. In turn, this research gives a deeper analysis of U.S. diplomacy and what really drives it.