“我们同化了,” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez told Kilmeade in an interview for the 系列.
Elected mayor of Miami in 2017, 苏亚雷斯是共和党人，也是该办公室的第 43 任市长. 苏亚雷斯的父亲, Xavier Louis Suarez, immigrated to Washington D.C. and was the first Cuban mayor of Miami. Suarez said that his father came to the United States in the 1960s and was the ninth of 14 孩子们.
Suarez described his father’s story is the “quintessential American story.”
“Certainly, getting involved in politics and being a part of the solution to creating a great city, the opposite of what we had in Cuba, was a big part of our identity,” Suarez said.
Suarez spoke to Kilmeade extensively about what led Cubans to flock to Miami and turn the southern 佛罗里达 city into an economic success and tourist attraction – citing Cuba’s communist turn as the primary impetus.
卡斯特罗, perhaps the most notorious communist in history, drove thousands of Cubans to flee to America after leading an armed revolt against the country’s dictatorship – a movement also known as the Cuban Revolution.
Suarez’s father described Cuba as an “idyllic” 和 “现代” place before Castro’s reign. Many of Suarez’s older relatives had been “被监禁” under Castro.
此外, the Miami mayor said his father believed that “free market enterprise was the way to have a prosperous city and country.”
“不幸, it has become a time capsule because what we know is Communism has failed anywhere it has been tried in the history of humanity … the only equality it delivers is equal misery for all of its residents,” Suarez said.
根据 to the Cuban Studies Institute, “多于 60% of the Cuban population lives in the State of Florida.” Miami-Dade, Broward, 希尔斯堡, and Palm Beach are the counties that have the 最 concentration of Cubans in Florida. 组合式, they account for more than half of all Cubans in the United States.
Resident historian Paul George told Kilmeade that Little Havanna was “heavily Jewish” before Cuban refugees settled there in “1959.”
George went on to say, “When the United States government made this kind of a project a priority to bring these people over – because we were in the midst of the Cold War and it became evident by 1968, the Soviet Union was ready to move in and assist with the Cuban revolution – we wanted to make sure that we succeeded. And so we created a sort of a refugee movement.”
Castro took control of Cuba in 1959 在...的年龄 32 after establishing an armed force that managed to defeat a military dictatorship of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista after a previous 失败.
Castro often spoke with resentment and disgust of the Cubans who left the island because of his government, particularly those who went into exile in the United States.
He called Cuban exiles “guzanos,” the Spanish word for “worms,” and complained about the Miami Mafia that always sought his ouster.
Cuban exiles responded with equal disdain, with many forming organizations solely focused on getting Castro out of power.
Notorious Communist revolutionary Castro died at age 90 在 2016.
While his legacy is full of controversy, Little Havana’s is full of character – with many claiming it to be a secret treasure.
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