"Immigration is a predominant topic in the United States (US) today. There are more refugees in need of humanitarian assistance than at any other time in history. The US has been admitting thousands of refugees in numbers equivalent to mass migrations. Many of the refugees originate from the nations with terrorist extremist known for making terrorist threats against Western nations, and many Americans believe this increases the probability of a terrorist attack. The US has experienced mass migrations throughout history. The most overwhelming was the 1980 Cuban-Haitian mass migration. This thesis evaluates the criteria from the Cuban Haitian migration that is applicable or no longer applicable today, with criteria applicable today for the approval of refugee status. This thesis will determine what can be learned from the criteria applied in 1980 and the changes enacted for the approval of refugee status today. US refugee laws mandate the procedures for Customs and Immigrations on the criteria for refugee status and entry into the US. Recommendations are based on refugee criteria"
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