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Cuban migrants stranded in Mexico claim abuse by authorities following protest

Cuban migrants stranded in Mexico claim abuse by authorities following protest BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com A group of Cuban migrants detained in the southern Mexico city of Tapachula have accused authorities of beating and mistreating them after they staged a hunger strike — some by sewing their lips together — to demand their release. […] 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

Last Cuban doctor defectors arrive in US after policy change

Last Cuban doctor defectors arrive in US after policy change Thursday, February 9th 2017, 9:30 am CET MIAMI (AP) – Yoandri Pavot applied just in time for a visa under a recently scrapped U.S. policy that had long welcomed doctors from Cuba who defected while on assignment in third countries. Pavot and other Cuban doctors […] Continue reading

An end to wet foot, dry foot

An end to wet foot, dry foot The outgoing American president makes it harder for Donald Trump to undo the rapprochement with Cuba Jan 21st 2017 | HAVANA AND MEXICO CITY Floating to Florida is now futile AMONG a group of young men gathered in a tin-roofed telephone-repair shop in Havana, the topic of conversation […] Continue reading

Dry or Wet? Thinking with our Feet

Dry or Wet? Thinking with our Feet / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 17 January 2017 — The announcement of the end of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, which gave Cuban immigrants the special privilege of remaining in the US without being deported, just by touching American soil, ended Thursday, 12 January […] Continue reading

Obama Makes One Last Cuba Move Before He’s out the Door

Obama Makes One Last Cuba Move Before He’s out the Door The Obama administration announced Thursday that it is scrapping the so-called wet foot, dry foot policy granting residency to Cubans who arrive in the United States without visas. The AP reports that the change had been negotiated for months between the U.S. and Cuban […] Continue reading

Kidnapped by Human Traffickers

Kidnapped by Human Traffickers / 14ymedio, Georlys Olazabal Drake 14ymedio, Georlys Olazabal Drake, Florida, Camagüey Province, 19 October 2016 — At 29, like many of the young people here, Georlys Olazabal Drake fled the lack of opportunities in Cuba for undertake the risky journey to the United States. A member of the opposition movement Somos+ […] Continue reading

Cuban Migrants Trapped In Panama Have Nowhere To Go

Cuban Migrants Trapped In Panama Have Nowhere To Go / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 18 August 2016 — After escaping deportation in Colombia, some 650 Cubans managed to cross the border through the Darien jungle area and are now in the Panamanian town of La Miel. They have been assisted by the […] Continue reading

Cuban migrants stranded in Panama have nowhere to go

Cuban migrants stranded in Panama have nowhere to go BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com After escaping deportation in Colombia, some 650 Cubans hoping to make it to the United States managed to cross the border through the Darien jungle and are now in the Panamanian town of La Miel. The migrants are being assisted under […] Continue reading

Cubans Risk Their Lives to Avoid Deportation to Cuba

Cubans Risk Their Lives to Avoid Deportation to Cuba August 9, 2016 HAVANA TIMES – Desperate to not be deported to Cuba, thousands of migrants from the island decide to risk their lives in the jungles of Colombia and Panama. The following is an alert about their situation. A month and a day after the […] 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

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

As Cubans rush through Texas, immigration policy questioned

As Cubans rush through Texas, immigration policy questioned From February to May, about 4,000 Cubans crossed over the Rio Grande River into Texas’ westernmost city. As they settle across the U.S., a broader immigration debate has emerged over whether Cuban immigrants should still be allowed to simply walk into the country and automatically be able […] 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

What People Are We Talking About?

What People Are We Talking About? / Dimas Castellanos Posted on February 1, 2016 Dimas Castellanos, 18 January 2016 — A commentary on five foreign policy issues raised by the Cuban president, Raul Castro, on December 29, 2015 during the closing session of the National Assembly of People’s Power. 1. Since 2015 there have been […] Continue reading

U.S.-bound Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica camps

U.S.-bound Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica camps Zach Dyer Julio Alvarez’s troubles with the police in Cuba started when they stopped him from selling sandwiches on the street. Alvarez, a 35-year-old father from Cienfuegos, a city on the Caribbean island’s southern coast, patted his hands together, mimicking the bread on the fish as he […] Continue reading

A Glance at Cuba in 2015

A Glance at Cuba in 2015 / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 6, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2016 — Joel Castillo, 19, passed from expectation to frustration in 12 months. After graduating in 2014 in electronics from a technology school south of Havana, he still hasn’t been able to work in his specialty. “With […] Continue reading