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Do not cast your Pearls in a swine

neque mittatis margaritas vestras ante porcos

St. Matthew assured us that swine will trample pearls and turn to tear you into pieces as well.
Thus the irony of the artist’s struggle with a public unable to understand the wisdom of pearls. 


Fisherman casting their lines near a beach, finding swine in the shallows.

 

"Balseros" by Aurora Molina

"The Wet Foot Dry Foot policy is the name given to a consequence of the 1995 revision of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 that essentially says, anyone who fled Cuba and entered the United States would be allowed to pursue residency a year later. After talks with the Cuban government, the Clinton administration came to an agreement with Cuba, it would stop admitting people found at sea. Since then, in what has become known as the Wet Foot, Dry Foot policy, a Cuban caught on the waters between the two nations (with wet feet) would summarily be sent home or to a third country. One who makes it to shore (dry feet) gets a chance to remain in the United States, and later will qualify for expedited legal permanent resident status and eventually U.S. citizenship."

These "balseros" are caught in the middle, adrift at sea between two nations, belonging to neither. With wet feet they fish for sustenance on their journey. Their lives are bait, catching only swine from both sides of the raft, while rowing forward to the land of dry sands.