A shrimp boat returning from Mariel, Cuba, is packed with Cuban refugees as it lands at Florida’s Key West Naval Base in this April 30, 1980, file photo. Former President Jimmy Carter, who traveled to Cuba on Sunday, May 12, 2002, at President Fidel Castro’s invitation, said in May 1980 that Cubans leaving the port of Mariel would be welcomed in the United States with “open hearts and open arms.”
A shrimp boat returning from Mariel, Cuba, is packed with Cuban refugees as it lands at Florida’s Key West Naval Base in this April 30, 1980, file photo. Former President Jimmy Carter, who traveled to Cuba on Sunday, May 12, 2002, at President Fidel Castro’s invitation, said in May 1980 that Cubans leaving the port of Mariel would be welcomed in the United States with “open hearts and open arms.” AP
A shrimp boat returning from Mariel, Cuba, is packed with Cuban refugees as it lands at Florida’s Key West Naval Base in this April 30, 1980, file photo. Former President Jimmy Carter, who traveled to Cuba on Sunday, May 12, 2002, at President Fidel Castro’s invitation, said in May 1980 that Cubans leaving the port of Mariel would be welcomed in the United States with “open hearts and open arms.” AP

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