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U.S. Coast Guard: New Spike in Cuban Migrant Boats, Violence

U.S. Coast Guard: New Spike in Cuban Migrant Boats, Violence
by MARK POTTER

MIAMI, FL — U.S. Coast Guard officials say they are worried about a new
spike in “desperate” Cubans heading for the United States on rickety,
homemade boats, with some of those migrants willing to resist and
confront the Coast Guard officers who intercept them.

“In the past… Continue reading

Nearly two dozen Cuban migrants celebrate New Year with Florida Keys landing

Nearly two dozen Cuban migrants celebrate New Year with Florida Keys landing

They came ashore just east of Key Largo, first known rafters to reach
the U.S. this year
A surge is underway, apparently, out fear that the U.S. will end the
Cuban Adjustment Act
A passerby in the Florida Keys took a photo of some of the men, posing… Continue reading

Miami-Dade ready to ‘absorb’ thousands of Cubans stranded in Central America

Fabiola Santiago: Miami-Dade ready to ‘absorb’ thousands of Cubans
stranded in Central America

No regime change, but Cuba emergency plan in place for exodus
41,000 already in U.S.; 8,000 stranded expected to arrive
Criticism of ‘first-class’ status while other immigrants deported
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO

How ironic is this juncture: The multi-agency emergency plan to deal
with a regime change… Continue reading

Polarized Cuban Miami

Polarized Cuban Miami / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez
Posted on December 26, 2015

Cubant, Luis Cina Alvarez, Havana, 25 December 2015 — A year since 17D*,
Cuban Miami grows ever more polarized. And it’s not only between those
who favor dialogue with the Cuban regime and those who are staunchly
opposed to the Castro regime –although at the end of… Continue reading

Coast Guard Repatriates Cuban Migrants Found Near Key West

Coast Guard Repatriates Cuban Migrants Found Near Key West
December 26, 2015 4:41 PM

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The U.S. Coast Guard repatriated 27 migrants back to
Cuba Saturday.

On December 18, the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute discovered a rustic
vessel about 45 nautical miles southwest of Key West with 12 Cuban
migrants aboard.

A few hours later, another boat was… Continue reading

Dozens of Cuban migrants land across Florida Keys

Dozens of Cuban migrants land across Florida Keys

The first group, still wet, was found around 4 a.m. at a Walgreen’s
parking lot on an unspecified Key
Others came ashore at Lower Matecumbe Key, Fort Zachary Taylor State
Park in Key West and Grassy Key
BY DAVID OVALLE

Groups of migrants from Cuba landed in various parts of the… Continue reading

Cuba, Cubans celebrate the 17th of December. Or do they cry for it?

Cuba, Cubans celebrate the 17th of December. Or do they cry for it? /
Angel Santiesteban
Posted on December 19, 2015

For Cubans, as long as I can remember and from the history I learned,
December 17th is a sacred day in which St. Lazarus calls his devotees to
the shrine at El Rincon, on the outskirts of Havana, to… Continue reading

Diplomats engage, Cubans flee, Miami ‘unprepared’

Fabiola Santiago: Diplomats engage, Cubans flee, Miami ‘unprepared’

One year later, historic rapprochement fails to thwart immigration
Lack of vision, inertia about massive flight from Cuba
Mayor of Miami says city ‘unprepared’ to deal with influx
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO

The Obama administration calibrated diplomatic moves, courted press
relations — and attended to such details as the emotional timbre of… Continue reading

Armando Capó – “I Can Not Understand The Amnesia Induced In A Whole Nation”

Armando Capó: “I Can Not Understand The Amnesia Induced In A Whole
Nation” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez
Posted on December 2, 2015

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 1 December 2015 — The most recent
project of the young filmmaker Armando Capó is to bring to the screen
the Rafter Crisis of 1994. This director, born in Gibara (Holguin) in
1979, has… Continue reading

US repatriates 108 Cuban migrants 11-2015

US repatriates 108 Cuban migrants

Miami (AFP) – The United States has repatriated 108 Cuban migrants who
were picked up at sea in recent days trying to reach American shores in
unseaworthy vessels, the US Coast Guard said Monday.

The migrants were in seven rustic craft intercepted in the Florida
Strait, a treacherous, shark-infested body of water that lies between… 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 Cuba back in the international… Continue reading

Declaration on the Cuban Migrant Crisis

Declaration on the Cuban Migrant Crisis / Forum for Rights and Freedoms
Posted on November 23, 2015

Forum for Rights and Freedoms, 23 November 2015 — In recent weeks we
have observed, with deep concern, the development of a new migration
crisis. The human drama that thousands of Cubans are experiencing
already affects the entire Central American region, the Caribbean,… Continue reading

The Culprit Has The Solution

The Culprit Has The Solution / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez
Posted on November 21, 2015

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 21 November 2015 – “Anyone who has
$15,000 to give a human trafficker is not fleeing poverty,” were the
words of Oliver Zamaro, an official spokesperson on Cuban television who
was commenting this Friday on the situation of the more than 2,000… Continue reading

Thousands of Cuban migrants stuck at Nicaraguan border in limbo amid political impasse

Thousands of Cuban migrants stuck at Nicaraguan border in limbo amid
political impasse

Cubans travel across eight nations and 4,800 miles
Border impasse with Nicaragua strands 2,000
Region’s foreign ministers plan to meet in coming days
BY JIM WYSS

LA CRUZ, COSTA RICA
The slow-moving river of Cuban migrants heading to the United States had
already braved corrupt cops,… Continue reading

Chronicle of a ‘Rafter’ on Foot

Chronicle of a ‘Rafter’ on Foot / 14ymedio, Mario Penton Martinez
Posted on November 14, 2015

Today we publish the first part of the testimony of a Cuban who has made
the dangerous trip to Guatemala US

14ymedio, Mario J. Penton Martinez, Guatamalan/Mexican Border, 13
November 2015 – I live proud of being Cuban. I always have been. Cuba
evokes… Continue reading

Two dogs that crossed the Florida Straits with migrants on the mend in Key Largo

Two dogs that crossed the Florida Straits with migrants on the mend in
Key Largo

“Sweet dogs” are recuperating at the Key Largo Animal Shelter
Pets arrived in Islamorada on sailboat with Cuban mgrants
BY KEVIN WADLOW

Two migrants aboard a rough-hewn Cuban sailboat that made landfall early
last Thursday in Islamorada were left off the passenger list written by… Continue reading

Number of Cubans intercepted at sea rises to highest level in two decades

Number of Cubans intercepted at sea rises to highest level in two decades
Mike Clary
Sun Sentinel

Highest number of Cubans intercepted at sea in past two decades, Coast
Guard says

More Cubans were stopped at sea while trying to reach the U.S. in the
fiscal year ended Sept. 30 than at any time since the chaotic rafter
crisis of… Continue reading

People fleeing Cuba hits high not seen since 1994

People fleeing Cuba hits high not seen since 1994
NATIONAL NEWS FROM AP

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. — More Cubans were stopped at sea while trying to
reach the U.S. in the past year than at any time since the chaotic
rafter crisis of 1994, according to figures from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The 4,462 Cubans picked up on the ocean… Continue reading

13 Cuban migrants make landfall on Long Key

13 Cuban migrants make landfall on Long Key
BY WILLIAM AXFORD
24, 2015

Thirteen Cuban men reportedly traveling across the Florida Straits from
Matanzas, Cuba, arrived on Long Key early Wednesday morning.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent Frank Miller said all the
migrants were men. He said they left Matanzas, which is about 60 miles
east of Havana,… Continue reading

Port Canaveral cruise ship rescues Cuban refugees

Port Canaveral cruise ship rescues Cuban refugees

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard and the cruise liner Royal
Caribbean rescued seven Cuban refugees who were on a small raft in the
water near the Florida Keys Saturday.
Cruise passengers and crewmembers on the Royal Carribbean Freedom of the
Seas, based out of Port Canaveral, spotted the raft near… Continue reading

Coast Guard repatriates 57 Cuban migrants

Coast Guard repatriates 57 Cuban migrants
Nearly 4,500 people have attempted to leave the island this year
BY CHRISTINA VEIGA

The Coast Guard on Friday returned 57 Cuban migrants who were caught
trying to leave the island on unsafe vessels.

The migrants were intercepted at sea in three separate instances,
according to the Coast Guard. They were repatriated to… Continue reading

Coast Guard repatriates 50 Cuban migrants after interdiction at sea

Coast Guard repatriates 50 Cuban migrants after interdiction at sea

50 Cuban migrants repatriated after five separate interdictions
In 2015, 4,462 Cubans have been repatriated after being stopped at sea
BY CARLI TEPROFF

The Coast Guard repatriated 50 migrants aboard the Coast Guard Cutter
William Trump to Cuba after they were stopped while crossing the Florida
Straits.

According to… Continue reading

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