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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

Asylum case likely to set precedent for Cubans, following end to wet foot, dry foot policy

Asylum case likely to set precedent for Cubans, following end to wet foot, dry foot policy BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com An elderly Cuban couple is expected to remain in detention while a judge who presided over their asylum hearing Friday makes a final determination on their fate. Aquilino Caraballo and Georgina Hernández, 67 and […] Continue reading

Extortions, Kidnappings And Limbo – Daily Life Of Cubans Stranded In Mexico

Extortions, Kidnappings And Limbo: Daily Life Of Cubans Stranded In Mexico / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 14 February 2017 — Hundreds of Cubans were stranded in Mexico after the Obama administration ended the wet-foot/dry-foot policy that favored Cuban’s immigration to the United States, but for the 90 who are detained at the […] Continue reading

U.S.-bound Cubans stranded in Mexico say they are victims of extortion and more

U.S.-bound Cubans stranded in Mexico say they are victims of extortion and more BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com For some of the U.S.-bound Cuban migrants who are now at the Siglo XXI detention center in the far southwest Mexican city of Tapachula — and their relatives in the United States — a journey once filled […] Continue reading

U.S. refugee program for citizens of all countries will be suspended for 120 days

U.S. refugee program for citizens of all countries will be suspended for 120 days BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Amid court orders and airport demonstrations against a presidential order banning entry into the United States of citizens of seven Muslim nations, another aspect of President Donald Trump’s immigration order has been overshadowed: It suspends the U.S. […] Continue reading

Cubans Newly Blocked at U.S. Border Place Hopes in Trump

Cubans Newly Blocked at U.S. Border Place Hopes in Trump By FRANCES ROBLESJAN. 22, 2017 NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — She spent weeks hiking through the Amazon, crossing a crocodile-filled river. She scaled border walls, escaped from immigration detention in Panama and slept in a church. Broke, hungry and exhausted, she found refuge with indigenous people […] Continue reading

Undocumented Cuban migrants now face voluntarily return, deportation or asylum

Undocumented Cuban migrants now face voluntarily return, deportation or asylum BY ALFONSO CHARDY achardy@elnuevoherald.com For decades, American immigration authorities have essentially greeted Cuban migrants who have arrived on U.S. soil without visas as if they were documented immigrants — detaining them briefly only for background checks and then quickly admitting them into the country with […] Continue reading

Lighthouse Cuban rafters in legal limbo after six months at Guantánamo Navy base

Lighthouse Cuban rafters in legal limbo after six months at Guantánamo Navy base BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com They crossed the Florida Straits six months ago and, in a desperate act, sought refuge on the American Shoal Lighthouse off the Florida Keys to avoid being repatriated to Cuba. Later, a bottle with a handwritten message […] Continue reading

Border Agents Warn Of Increasing Illegal Immigration From Cuba

Border Agents Warn Of Increasing Illegal Immigration From Cuba Brittany M. Hughes While the vast majority of illegal border crossings remain concentrated at the Southwest U.S. border between the United States and Mexico, Customs and Border Protection is now warning of an escalating situation on another border front to the east: Florida. “U.S. Border Patrol […] Continue reading

Two Cubans who had been ordered deported return to the U.S. by sea

Two Cubans who had been ordered deported return to the U.S. by sea BY ALFONSO CHARDY achardy@elnuevoherald.com It is common for immigration agents to encounter undocumented immigrants who have returned to the United States after being previously deported. What is not common is for the agents to find Cuban immigrants who have received final orders […] Continue reading

Rafter who climbed lighthouse left Guantánamo Navy base, returned to Cuba

Rafter who climbed lighthouse left Guantánamo Navy base, returned to Cuba Alexei Leyva Céspedes, one of the 24 Cuban rafters who sought refuge on the American Shoal lighthouse on May 20 and were taken to the U.S. Navy base in Guantánamo Bay while their cases were reviewed, has returned to his hometown of Puerto Padre. […] Continue reading

“It’s Very Possible That I Will Try Again,” Says Rafter Repatriated To Cuba

“It’s Very Possible That I Will Try Again,” Says Rafter Repatriated To Cuba / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 6 July 2016 — Bearded, hungry and full of frustration, Walter Marrero Velazquez returned to the same island that saw him leave on a flimsy craft. On 20 May the group, consisting of 24 […] Continue reading

20 Cuban migrants who clung to lighthouse to be sent to Guantánamo naval station

20 Cuban migrants who clung to lighthouse to be sent to Guantánamo naval station U.S. Attorney’s Office says there are ‘credible fears of persecution’ Allegations filed they were mistreated in Coast Guard custody Lawyers want access to their clients BY DAVID GOODHUE dgoodhue@keysreporter.com Twenty of the 24 Cuban migrants who sought refuge on a lower […] Continue reading

‘Lighthouse Cubans’ appeal decision to be sent back to Cuba

‘Lighthouse Cubans’ appeal decision to be sent back to Cuba SUGARLOAF KEY, Fla. (WSVN) – The group of Cuban migrants found on a lighthouse near Sugarloaf Key plan to appeal a federal judge’s decision to send them back to Cuba. The group of 24, dubbed the “Lighthouse Cubans,” were hoping to stay in Miami based […] Continue reading

After 39 days at sea, lighthouse Cubans have wet feet, judge rules

After 39 days at sea, lighthouse Cubans have wet feet, judge rules 21 Cuban migrants are headed back to Cuban soil Judge ruled U.S.’s “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy does not extend to lighthouse BY ALEX HARRIS AND DAVID GOODHUE aharris@miamiherald.com After more than five weeks bobbing offshore in a Coast Guard cutter, 21 Cuban migrants are […] Continue reading

A month has passed, and Cuban migrants still on Coast Guard cutter

A month has passed, and Cuban migrants still on Coast Guard cutter Judge could rule on their immigration status this week Decision will be based on intepretation of wet-foot, dry-foot Homeland Security says they should be sent back to Cuba BY DAVID GOODHUE dgoodhue@keysreporter.com A month has passed since more than 20 Cuban migrants were […] Continue reading