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Colombia denies airlift for Cuban migrants, to begin deportations

Colombia denies airlift for Cuban migrants, to begin deportations BY JIM WYSS jwyss@miamiherald.com BOGOTA Colombia will begin deporting thousands of undocumented migrants — including an estimated 1,273 Cubans — who have been stranded in the country after Panama shut its southern border in June, authorities confirmed Wednesday. Colombian Migration Director Christian Kruger is asking the […] Continue reading

Cuban Migration Crisis – Neither Economic nor Humanitarian

Cuban Migration Crisis: Neither Economic nor Humanitarian / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 29 June 2016 — About 400 Cubans who remained ensconced in front of the embassy of Mexico, in the city of Quito, Ecuador, demanding an airlift to allow them entry to the United States, were violently evicted from the place […] Continue reading

El Paso social services respond to Cuban migrant surge

El Paso social services respond to Cuban migrant surge El Paso has eclipsed San Diego as the third most popular entry point for Cuban migrants, following Laredo and Miami BY BORDERZINE SPECIAL REPORTS borderzine.com EL PASO, TX Cuban refugees continue to seek asylum in the U.S., traveling from Juarez, Mexico to El Paso, with many […] Continue reading

Cuban migrants face dangerous, grueling jungle trip as Panama clamps down

Cuban migrants face dangerous, grueling jungle trip as Panama clamps down Cuban migrants face dangerous jungle journey after Panama closes its border Many fear U.S. policies toward Cuban migrants are on verge of changing Colombia’s Gulf of Urabá is a choke-point for migrants headed north BY JIM WYSS jwyss@miamiherald.com SAPZURRO, COLOMBIA Lesandra Martínez was halfway […] Continue reading

Door from Cuba Has Been Held Open

Door from Cuba Has Been Held Open Susan Eckstein on “special treatment” of Cuban immigrants 12.10.2015 By Sara Rimer Cuban refugees float in heavy seas 60 miles south of Key West, Fla. during the 1994 Cuban rafters crisis. AP Photo/Dave Martin, File In December 2014, President Obama announced a historic agreement with Cuban President Raul […] Continue reading

New wave of Cuban immigrants reaches U.S., but through Texas, not Florida

New wave of Cuban immigrants reaches U.S., but through Texas, not Florida Posted: Sunday, December 6, 2015 3:00 am By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Los Angeles Times HOUSTON —When Jordanis Perez fled Havana in the spring for the United States, he decided his best chances weren’t by boat to Florida, but by a route increasingly favored by […] Continue reading

The Cuban Exodus – Causes and Effects

The Cuban Exodus: Causes and Effects DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 30 Nov 2015 – 11:51 pm. The inexorable exodus of Cubans has become a crisis once again. While thousands of countrymen are stuck at the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border, the Government of Cuba chooses to deny the main cause. In recent months thousands of […] Continue reading

The Exodus Is Due To The Lack Of Freedom

The Exodus Is Due To The Lack Of Freedom / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos Posted on November 26, 2015 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 25 November 2015 — The current immigration crisis created by the presence of thousands of Cubans in Central America in transit to the United States has put the issue of human rights in […] Continue reading

A clash between U.S./Cuban migration laws contributes to Central America refugee crisis

A clash between U.S./Cuban migration laws contributes to Central America refugee crisis Does the Cuban Adjustment Act need to be changed? Complaints mount about refugees who return to Cuba at will A Cuban migration crisis brews in Central America BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com When Cuba changed its migration policies three years ago, eliminating the reviled […] Continue reading

‘Dusty-foot’ Cubans forgo rafts, choose land route through Costa Rica

‘Dusty-foot’ Cubans forgo rafts, choose land route through Costa Rica ZACH DYER The blades of a police helicopter thumped overhead as dozens of Immigration Police wearing black balaclavas stormed through the corrugated tin gate of a compound near Costa Rica’s Peñas Blancas border crossing Tuesday morning. Authorities arrested 13 people in eight raids across the […] Continue reading

Costa Rican police arrest 12, dismantle Cuban smuggling ring

Costa Rica broke up a Cuban-smuggling ring Smugglers had links in Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala and Miami Cubans found will be deported to Nicaragua, and can continue to the U.S. BY JOSÉ MELÉNDEZ Special to El Nuevo Herald SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA The Costa Rican branch of a Cuban-smuggling ring that handled large quantities of money […] Continue reading

More Cuban Migrants Are Entering the U.S. This Way

More Cuban Migrants Are Entering the U.S. This Way By JOY DIAZ • 15 HOURS AGO From Texas Standard: The world is in the midst of the largest displacement of human beings since World War II. The images of the people leaving their country in makeshift rafts are the images of Syrians. In 2013, only […] Continue reading

Turbulent voyage – the Cuban baseball pipeline

Turbulent voyage: the Cuban baseball pipeline BY LINDA ROBERTSON LROBERTSON@MIAMIHERALD.COM 12/27/2014 7:57 PM 12/27/2014 10:10 PM The clandestine journey from decaying ballparks to major league stadiums can be treacherous, degrading and expensive for Cuban baseball players who risk their lives on sea crossings only to be auctioned off by smugglers demanding an exorbitant cut of […] Continue reading

Leaving Cuba – A father and son risk lives at sea

Leaving Cuba: A father and son risk lives at sea By CHRISTINE ARMARIO MIAMI (AP) — It was hot and dark and mosquitoes bit at his skin as 23-year-old Jose Fuente Lastre boarded a raft with eight other men, intent on fleeing Cuba. Their flimsy vessel built secretly with scraps of metal, wood and inner […] Continue reading

High in the Andes, a tenuous haven for Cubans

High in the Andes, a tenuous haven for Cubans BY JIM WYSS JWYSS@MIAMIHERALD.COM 12/16/2014 5:30 PM  12/16/2014 9:16 PM MIAMI HERALD QUITO, ECUADOR On “Calle Ocho” in the La Florida neighborhood, a few dozen Cubans mill around, downing tar-thick cortadito coffee and explaining to curious locals how to cook malanga. But the snow-capped volcano peeking […] Continue reading

U.S. sees more immigrants from Cuba as laws are relaxed

U.S. sees more immigrants from Cuba as laws are relaxed POSTED ON DECEMBER 13, 2014 Michael Weissenstein and Christine Armario The Associated Press HAVANA — The number of Cubans heading to the United States has increased dramatically since the island lifted travel restrictions last year, eliminating a costly exit visa and making it easier for […] Continue reading

Report sheds light on Jose Abreu’s defection from Cuba

Report sheds light on Jose Abreu’s defection from Cuba By Mark Townsend 16 hours ago Big League Stew A little more than a year after Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu arrived in the United States and inked what at the time was an international free agent record six-year, $68 million contract with the […] Continue reading