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Today in Latin American History

Cuba & the U.S. Formally Agreed to Begin an Airlift for Cubans in 1965

Cuba & the U.S. Formally Agreed to Begin an Airlift for Cubans in 1965

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Today in Latin American history, Cuba & the U.S. formally agreed to begin an airlift for Cubans who wanted to go to the U.S. in 1965.

Under the Johnson and Nixon administrations, the twice daily “Freedom Flights” (Vuelos de la Libertad) from Varadero Beach to Miami were the only way to escape out of Cuba.

It became the longest airlift ever to take political refugees and transported 265,297 Cubans to the United States with the help of religious and volunteer agencies.

Flights were limited to immediate relatives, with a waiting period anywhere from one to two years.

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