Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on a trip to Cuba. Photo: Caridad

HAVANA TIMES — Ecuadorian authorities on Monday repatriated 26 Cubans who arrived at the International Airport in Quito without a letter of invitation, reported the Café Fuerte website.

“The refusal to allow them to entry our country was bitterly contested by Cuban citizens.Some of them chastised the Ecuadorian authorities with insults, shouting and falling onto the ground,” read a statement from the Ministry of the Interior of that Andean nation.

For their part, the Cubans argued that they had taken the flight before the current requirement of the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry of a letter of invitation took effect, which came into force that same day.

7 thoughts on “26 Cubans Repatriated from Ecuador

  • the cubans should be free to go any were they want…this is 2013!!!!!

  • Let’s be honest, no country wants boatloads of poor people descending upon their shores. Worse yet, Cubans do not wish to assume the lowest rungs of the economic ladder like other poor immigrants. Guatemalans and Nicaraguans willingly work as housekeepers, gardeners, street cleaners, etc. Cubans choose to buy clothes in Ecuador for resale in Cuba or in a handful of ‘clean’ service-related jobs like dress shops or tourists destinations. There is a remarkably high degree of arrogance among the Cuban immigrant community considering their economic status upon arrival. A large number of Cubans make it very clear to their Ecuadoran hosts that they have no intent on staying in Ecuador to make a life for themselves. Their goal is to stay only long enough to earn enough money to pay for passage to the US border to take advantage of a favorable immigration law not available to Ecuadorans. This attitude certainly does not endear Cubans to their hosts.

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