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Panama offers stranded Cuban migrants multiple entry visas if they return to island

Panama offers stranded Cuban migrants multiple entry visas if they return to island BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com PANAMA CITY, PANAMA The Panamanian government has a proposal for a group of Cubans stranded in that country: return voluntarily to the island, become self-employed entreprenuers known as cuentapropistas and, in exchange, obtain multiple entry visas and […] Continue reading

A Small Cuban Town Lives With The Anguish Of The Disappearance Of 13 Rafters

A Small Cuban Town Lives With The Anguish Of The Disappearance Of 13 Rafters 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 14 April 2017 — Juana Chiroles will never forget December 26, 2015. It was the last day she saw her son and her two nephews. As night fell the young men told her they were going to […] Continue reading

Total Uncertainty Among Families Of Cuban ‘Rafters’ Recently Arrived In The United States

Total Uncertainty Among Families Of Cuban ‘Rafters’ Recently Arrived In The United States / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 16 March 2017 — A call from Cuba finally let Yandry Perez relax. His aunt had alerted him through an interrupted phone call from the north of Villa Clara, that for two days the […] Continue reading

Cuban families desperately seek information on relatives who arrived on a go-fast boat

Cuban families desperately seek information on relatives who arrived on a go-fast boat BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com The call from Cuba ended with a sense of dread for Yandry Pérez. His aunt warned him through the interrupted telephone call from Villa Clara, in central Cuba, that the whereabouts of his mother and two younger […] Continue reading

Mexican Police Rescue Two Cubans Kidnapped in Mexico

Mexican Police Rescue Two Cubans Kidnapped in Mexico / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 19 February 2017 — Two Cubans have been rescued from the hands of their kidnappers on Isla Mujeres, as the result of a joint effort between the Federal Investigation Police and agents of the Ministerial Police of the state of Quintana Roo. In […] Continue reading

Cubans who once feared Trump see him now as their last hope

Cubans who once feared Trump see him now as their last hope BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ fordonez@mcclatchydc.com NUEVO LAREDO, MEXICO Sitting on a dusty curb in this Mexican city just steps from the U.S. border, Eliannes Matos Salazar thinks back to when President Barack Obama visited Cuba 10 months ago. Like many Afro-Cubans, the 32-year-old shopkeeper […] Continue reading

Two Miami men charged with organizing deadly 2008 voyage from Cuba

Two Miami men charged with organizing deadly 2008 voyage from Cuba BY ALFONSO CHARDY achardy@elnuevoherald.com In June 2008, an overloaded boat with Cuban migrants capsized and two people lost their lives — an 11-year-old boy and a young woman. The official Cuban version of the event was that migrant smugglers deliberately sank the migrant boat […] Continue reading

The Ordeal of a Cuban Family Trapped in Panama

The Ordeal of a Cuban Family Trapped in Panama / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 1 September 2016 — Fernanda and Fabio do not know why they are far from home. They are six and three, but eleven months ago they left their kindergarten in Holguin, in eastern Cuba. They have suffered the […] Continue reading

Elegguá goes to Turbo

Elegguá goes to Turbo MAYKEL GONZÁLEZ VIVERO | Sagua la Grande | 9 de Agosto de 2016 – 23:08 CEST. Reinier González has just arrived in Cuba. “When I left Ecuador” he says, “everything was bleaker than ever. A week before coming, the friends that I had left went to Turbo, the town near the […] Continue reading

Four migrants arrive on Virginia Key Tuesday, border patrol investigating

Four migrants arrive on Virginia Key Tuesday, border patrol investigating BY EMILY COCHRANE ecochrane@miamiherald.com U.S. Border Patrol agents are investigating the arrival of four migrants on Virginia Key Tuesday morning. Officials received reports from Miami police at about 10:20 a.m. that four migrants, one women and three men, arrived at 3709 Rickenbacker Causeway in a […] Continue reading

Is This the Second Phase of Cuba’s Special Period?

Is This the Second Phase of Cuba’s Special Period? / Iván García Joel, a fifty-five-year-old engineer, remembers the summer of 1994 when, after finishing his day job, he came home to roast two or three pounds of peanuts. After packaging them in paper cones fashioned from the pages of school textbooks, he went out to […] Continue reading

Ecuadorian Police Evict Cubans From Quito Encampment

Ecuadorian Police Evict Cubans From Quito Encampment / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 6 July 2016 – In the early morning hours of Wednesday the Ecuadorian police intervened to evict Cubans from an encampment in Arbolito Park in Quito, and about one hundred migrants without proper documents were loaded into four buses to take them to trial. […] Continue reading

Cuban rafters stole boat to flee the island, Miami resident claims

Cuban rafters stole boat to flee the island, Miami resident claims A Miami resident claimed nine Cuban rafters stole his brother’s boat to flee the island. A woman identified as a relative of one of the nine rafters told Univision 23 that the theft charge was false. ALFONSO CHARDY achardy@elnuevoherald.com The nine Cuban rafters who […] Continue reading

Cuban doctors stranded in Colombia seek alternatives to reach the U.S.

Cuban doctors stranded in Colombia seek alternatives to reach the U.S. Some 200 Cuban medical professionals are stranded in Bogotá after leaving their assigned missions in Latin America organized by Havana. They, too, want to emigrate to the United States. ABEL FERNÁNDEZ staff@InCubaToday.com Annie Rodríguez Alvarez, a physical rehabilitation specialist from Ciego de Ávila, was […] Continue reading

Leaders of Cubans in Colombia Deported

Leaders of Cubans in Colombia Deported / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 31 May 2016 – Colombian immigration officials arrested Maidelin Hernandez and her husband, Nelson March on Monday night; the couple documented the daily situation of hundreds of Cubans who are stranded in a shelter in the Colombian city of Turbo. The […] Continue reading

Leonys Martin, other players paid smugglers more than $15 million to

Leonys Martin, other players paid smugglers more than $15 million to leave Cuba, according to records The Dallas Morning News Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez (33) thanks center fielder Leonys Martin (2) on his running catch to end the top of the second inning against the San Francisco Giants at Globe Life Park in […] Continue reading

Agent Arrested for Allegedly Smuggling Leonys Martin from Cuba

Agent Arrested for Allegedly Smuggling Leonys Martin from Cuba The Associated Press by WILLIAM BIGELOW 20 Feb 2016 On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI arrested Bart Hernandez, an agent who has represented Cuban baseball stars, including Jose Abreu, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jorge Soler and Leonys Martin, on charges of human smuggling. The […] Continue reading