Penn State International Law Review


In spite of the fact that international law dictates that a sovereign should be able to protect its borders, international law also dictates that every human being has the right to be free from unnecessary detention. For nearly eight years the United States has indefinitely detained Cuban aliens who arrived in the Mariel boatlift of 1980. This comment examines this policy and offers alternatives to improve the plight of the Cubans without sacrificing the safety of Americans in general.