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Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba

Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba 14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Panama City, 2 July 2017 – They managed to escape Cuba to leave behind traces of corruption and negligence that, according to Yudenny Sao Labrado and her husband Yoendry Batista, reflect the prevailing system on the island. From […] Continue reading

No more Cuban rafters, Coast Guard says

No more Cuban rafters, Coast Guard says BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com For decades, dramatic images of Cubans trying to reach the United States on decrepit boats made of all kinds of materials shocked many within the South Florida community. On the island, families waited desperately for news on whether loved ones had made it […] Continue reading

Police Raid Rafters’ Homes Looking for a Boat Stolen From the Army

Police Raid Rafters’ Homes Looking for a Boat Stolen From the Army 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 26 April 2017 — Cuban police are searching for a boat stolen from the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) and to find it they are raiding houses of former rafters, according to Solainy Salazar, whose husband tried to leave the […] 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

US detains 172 Cuban migrants following end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy

US detains 172 Cuban migrants following end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com At least 172 Cuban nationals who tried to enter the United States following the end to an immigration policy known as “wet foot, dry foot” are now in detention facilities, awaiting for the results of their removal […] Continue reading

The Mummified Corpse Of A Rafter, Witness Of The Migratory Drama

The Mummified Corpse Of A Rafter, Witness Of The Migratory Drama / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 19 January 2017 — A picture of the Virgin of Regla, the identity cards of two brothers and a mummified corpse of a Cuban moored alongside the remains of a raft is the only evidence that […] Continue reading

The day when ‘wet foot, dry foot’ became policy and changed immigration

The day when ‘wet foot, dry foot’ became policy and changed immigration Miami Herald Archive On May 2, 1995, the U.S. and Cuba announced a change in immigration policy, the birth of what would become known as the “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy. Here is the Miami Herald story from that day, published on May 3. On […] 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

Cuban Adjustment Act or Upheaval Act

Cuban Adjustment Act or Upheaval Act / 14ymedio, Rolando Gallardo 14ymedio, Rolando Gallardo, Quito, 14 December 2016 — I wake up and I see a report on the arrival of a group rafters on the coast of Miami. I’m surprised by the open declaration of one of them, who confesses having left Cuba in search […] Continue reading

Unusually large group of Cuban migrants lands in Marquesas Keys

Unusually large group of Cuban migrants lands in Marquesas Keys BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com An unusally large group of Cuban migrants landed in the Keys this week at Marquesas Keys, about 20 miles west of Key West. The group of 41 — 30 men, 10 women and a minor — landed Tuesday. They claimed to […] Continue reading

Improved U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Creating A Surge Of Cuban Migrants

Improved U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Creating A Surge Of Cuban Migrants October 24, 20169:23 AM ET You might assume that with the thawing of relations between Cuba and the U.S., Cubans would see positive change at home, and less reason to attempt the perilous water crossing to Florida. You’d assume wrong. U.S. law enforcement authorities are […] Continue reading

Six Cuban Boat People Still Missing In The Gulf Of Mexico

Six Cuban Boat People Still Missing In The Gulf Of Mexico / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 17 August 2016 — Thirteen men were determined to leave the misery, despair and weariness of lives filled with official propaganda. For months they crafted a boat on the cost of the Isle of Youth, off […] 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

The Cuban Nation Is Wounded, But It Will Laugh Again

“The Cuban Nation Is Wounded, But It Will Laugh Again” / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 8 August 2016 – Everyone in the Versalles neighborhood in the city of Camagüey knows Bernardo de Quesada Salomon. Loquacious, restless and the founder of the Apostolic Movement, he has experienced intense months this year, especially January […] 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

Coast Guard rescues 6 Cubans swimming near the coast of Boca Raton

Coast Guard rescues 6 Cubans swimming near the coast of Boca Raton The Coast Guard rescued six Cuban migrants on Wednesday morning who were spotted swimming near the coast of Boca Raton. BY SERGIO N. CÁNDIDO scandido@elnuevoherald.com The Coast Guard rescued six Cuban migrants on Wednesday morning who were spotted swimming near the coast of […] Continue reading