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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Founded in 1925, the University of Miami is a private research university with more than 15,000 students from around the world. It comprises 12 schools and colleges serving undergraduate and graduate students in more than 180 majors and programs.

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The 2017 "Wet Foot, Dry Foot" Policy Change Twitter Archive collection contains a data set of tweets collected from Twitter microblogging platform when President Obama suspended the policy. On 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.

The data archive is available for download to the University of Miami community via the University of Miami scholarly repository. The data is presented in JSON structured text files. For information on accessing the archive, see the “conditions governing access” section of this finding aid.

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The data is available as one downloadable zip file from the University of Miami Scholarly Repository.

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Conditions governing access

Due to Twitter's Terms of Service, this data archive is accessible only to the University of Miami community. It can be accessed via an IP-restricted portal in the University of Miami Scholarly Repository:
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.

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  • English
  • Spanish

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Collection-level record created by Juan A. Villanueva, May 2020.

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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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Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS).

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Juan A. Villanueva, May 2020.

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