Cuba Interior Minister’s Son Takes Refuge in the United States

by Café Fuerte

Josue Colome Vazquez, son of Cuban Vice President and Interior Minister Abelardo Colome Ibarra.
Josue Colome Vazquez, son of Cuban Vice President and Interior Minister Abelardo Colome Ibarra. Photo: from Josue’s facebook page.

HAVANA TIMES — Josue Colome Vazquez, son of Cuban Vice President and Interior Minister Gen. Abelardo Colome Ibarra, arrived recently in Miami after crossing the Mexican border and seeking refuge from the US authorities.

Colome Vazquez arrived in Miami in February after first traveling from Havana to Cancun, Mexico, and then continuing his journey to the US border, according to a report from the Cuba al Descubierto blog, published by Cuban issues analyst Luis Dominguez .

The information indicates that Colome Vázquez subsequently flew from Houston, Texas, to Miami to join his mother Suri Vázquez Ruiz, former wife of Colome Ibarra.

A brother of Josue, on his father’s side, Jose Raul Colome Torres is the owner of the successful private Starbien restaurant in Havana, where he lives with his mother, Hilda Torres Beltran, said Dominguez.

In a Facebook profile Josue Colome Vazquez shows recent photos of himself in several locations in Miami.

General Abelardo Colome Ibarra, alias Furry, 75, is one of the highest ranking and most trusted figures in the structure of power in Cuba. He fought in the Second Eastern Front under the command of Raul Castro and upon the revolutionary triumph of 1959 he joined the Rebel Army Intelligence Service. He is a vice president of the Council of State and holds the title of Hero of the Republic of Cuba.

The arrival and taking up residence in the USA has become popular among the children and close relatives of senior figures in the Cuban leadership, a fact that has been repeated often in recent years.

In August 2012, Glenda Murillo Díaz, daughter of economic reform czar Marino Murillo Jorge, also a VP, moved to Tampa after a trip to Mexico vocational training course and her subsequent escape to the US border.

With the implementation of the island’s new immigration policy, Cubans who reach the US can apply for residence a year and a day under the Cuban Adjustment Act, without losing their residence in Cuba.

30 thoughts on “Cuba Interior Minister’s Son Takes Refuge in the United States

  • April 1, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Ok, I see what conditions you mean. However, it will take several years of sustained development to bring Cuba up to that level of infrustructure before they can handle even a fraction of those numbers. The existing infrustructure is straining, and breaking down, as it tries to carry the current domestic population and the 3 million tourists who visit now. No way they can jump to 10 times that in the “year after” time frame you mentioned.

  • April 1, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    The Castros kept a firm grip on power for 55 years for one reason and one reason only: they want power for themselves. Period.

  • April 1, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I don’t disagree with you. My wild guess of 30 million tourists per year after embargo assumes that Castros are gone and there is a heavy investment from the US. It can not happen within current economic and political reality in Cuba.

  • April 1, 2014 at 6:59 am

    You list a number of “what ifs” …Cuba certainly does not have the capacity to absorb 30 million US tourists anytime soon. It will take years of well managed development to bring Cuba up to that level. It’s a lot more complicated than laying on a few more flights. Airports will have to be expanded, hotels built and infrastructure improved. It’s more than a matter of docking cargo ships at Mareil. The goods have to be offloaded and delivered efficiently all over the island. And there’s the problem. The Castro regime has never been very good at organizing all the necessary details of development. The top-down centrally planned economy is disastrous at managing businesses. Plus, the MININT likes to keep an eye on tourists, and with a 60 fold increase in tourism from their hated enemy, the USA, there just wont be enough secret police to go around.

    In short, in order to carry out that kind of development, the Cuban government will have to change completely their way of doing things. And that is never going to happen because it will me an end to the Castro regime.

  • March 31, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I am not engaging in baseless speculation. I am referring to the very words of Raul Castro who has stated emphatically that there will be NO POLITICAL REORMS IN CUBA. The government is introducing a series of limited economic reforms, but they have ruled out any change in who the country will be ruled. The economic reforms are carefully designed to serve the needs of the regime. Therefore, Castro regime sees these reforms as a means to preserving their power. Meanwhile, political repression has increased greatly over the last couple of years. That’s the regime’s way of underlining their commitment to NO POLITICAL REFORMS.

    Again, that’s not speculation, that’s an honest evidence based observation on what is happening in Cuba today and what the regime says will happen, and what will not happen, in the future.

    If you imagine that lifting the embargo will suddenly change the mindset of a 55 year old dictatorship, and turn Cuba into a free and prosperous nation, it is you who is engaged in baseless speculation.

  • March 31, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Giving the Castros a free pass to engage in acts of repudiation, torture, and repression because of the highly propagandized US embargo is a mistake. The embargo has no connection to the Castros support of al-Assad in Syria, Gadhafi in Libya and Kim Sung-il in North Korea. These alliances reflect world view. Your tacit support of the Castros also eloquently lend support to these totalitarian regimes. Is this your intent as well?

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