Collection CHC5532 - 2017 "Wet Foot, Dry Foot" Policy Change Twitter Archive

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2017 "Wet Foot, Dry Foot" Policy Change Twitter Archive


  • January 2017 (Creation)



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The 2017 "Wet Foot, Dry Foot" Policy Change Twitter Archive collection contains a dataset of tweets collected from Twitter microblogging platform when President Obama suspended the former interpretation of the 1995 revision of the application of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966. Beginning January 12, 2017, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities.

During the announcement, the Cuban Heritage Collection collected tweets relating to the following phrases and hashtags: #Cuba, #Cubans, #CubanAdjustmentAct, #LeyDeAjusteCubano, #WetFootDryFoot, and #PieSecoPieMojado.

The tweets collected by the Cuban Heritage Collection for this data archive do not represent an exhaustive or complete record of all tweets relating to the targeted hashtags due to restrictions on tweet volume accessed via the Twitter API.

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Due to Twitter's Terms of Service, this data archive is accessible only to the University of Miami community.
For specific questions, please contact

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Due to Twitter's Terms of Service, this data archive is only accessible onsite at the University of Miami.

Preferred citation: 2017 "Wet Foot, Dry Foot" Policy Change Twitter Archive, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

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  • English
  • Spanish

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This collection was acquired and collected by the University of Miami Libraries using the Python program, Twarc, developed by Ed Summers.

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Selected websites have been archived by the University of Miami's Cuban Heritage Collection relating to the US-Cuba policy change announcements. They are accessible online:

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Finding aid created by Juan A. Villanueva, May 2020. Updated by Amanda Moreno, November 2020.

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