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

  • March 31, 2014 at 9:02 am

    hahahahaha! Good one, Griffin. Thanks for sharing.

  • March 31, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Moses, without the economic embargo being lifted, I guess both of us will never know.

  • March 30, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    If there is a demand it can be solved. 18 flights per hour can be spread among many different airports in Cuba, not just Havana. Many passengers will arrive by ferries and cruise ships. Food and supplies will be brought in on cargo ships to new port in Mariel. Licensing of casa particular can be relaxed so more houses would be available. Existing hotels can be expanded and new hotels built. It is not impossible to have 30 million visitors. Last year 95 million tourists visited Florida and it did not cause a catastrophe there.

  • March 30, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Terry, you overestimate the goodwill of the Castros and underestimate their overriding desire to stay in power. Historically, dictators do not respect acts of goodwill, they take advantage of them. Griffin’s point can not be overstated. You claim to care about Cuba but you make no mention of holding the Castros accountable for the lack of basic human rights. You are free to express your anti-US rhetoric as you choose but you should not think it is a valid substitute for pro-Cuban issues. The embargo has nothing to do with open elections. The embargo has no connection to a free press. These are issues where reform would benefit the Cuban people and should be implemented irrespective of the US embargo. Finally, how does the future of your Cuban children change when the embargo is lifted but the policies of the Castros remain in place?

  • March 30, 2014 at 1:06 am

    “The Cuban people will continue to be forbidden from doing business with foreigners, the regime would continue to have a monopoly on all economic activity and the political repression would continue.”

    Absolutely everything you wrote in that statement is complete speculation…if not utter nonsense. Griffin, you simply don’t know what will happen. Nobody does. But coincidentally, has it ever occurred to you that the revolution and the current Cuban government remain in place chiefly because America is still at war with Cuba and her government? Has it ever occurred to you that if the embargo is lifted, and by doing so, the US government acknowledges Cuba’s right to sovereignty, that this would in turn then motivate the Cuban government to relax their war-time measures that have been in place to support and protect the revolution all these years? You don’t get it, do you? The government has held on to power to insure the revolution survives…to insure that Cuba survives as a sovereign nation…WITHOUT the threat of Cuba being over-run, bought up, manipulated, or raped by America ever again. The Cuban government will not kowtow to American interventionist policies aimed at destabilizing their right to sovereignty and self-determination as a nation. In short, the Cuban government, as we know it today, continues to persist because the American government continues to persist with their policies aimed at taking back control of Cuba.

    “That is why I do not for one minute believe you give a damn about the well being of the Cuban people.”

    Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, could be further from the truth. I care about the Cuban people very dearly. I have dozens of true Cuban friends and family, several Cuban children I care for, and a Cuban wife and family that I love with all my heart. I want them all to have a brighter future in a nation that stands proud and united against the forces of tyranny. Fortunately, their brighter future doesn’t involve their government capitulating to America’s terrorist tactics to effect change in Cuba. Change WILL come to Cuba, but it will be on Cuba’s terms…not yours, not your government’s, and not by any American who thinks of themselves as a little-big-man dictator.

  • March 29, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    On of the most popular new restaurants in Havana is the “Star Bien” on Calle 29. Many foreign tour groups are brought here to eat, and their reports on Trip Advisor are glowing.

    The owner of Star Bien is one, José Raúl Colome, son of General Abelardo Colome Ibarra. Isn’t that a coincidence?

    It seems the General and his family have a good nose for new business opportunities.

  • March 29, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    It seems this young man’s father once visited Miami himself:

    “September 1959: Comandante Abelardo Colome Ibarra and another officer traveled to Miami and offered to initiate an intelligence exchange with the Dade County Sheriff’s Department. Colome openly declared his intelligence affiliation and offered information on US organized crime operations in Cuba in exchange for material on Cuban exiles in the US. The Intelligence Department of the Sheriff’s Office rebuffed the Cubans. Law enforcement authorities suspected Colome’s real purpose was to establish a legal intelligence presence to further enhance the growing operations then underway by “Illegal” officers.”

  • March 29, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I did a google search on General Ibarra and came up with this amusing, if bizarre, item:

    “Carla Toronto Agent replies to Toronto Agent

    27 May 2013

    This is the email I got today. Love the internet and those who share this kind of information; I thought I would do the same!



    My name is General Abelardo Colome Ibarra of CUBA Army.

    It is my personal intention to relocate my family to your country,We need a home with about 4rooms, 1 good sitting room, good toilets and bathroom, it should also has good environment and the price range should be between $1Million to $2Million home, if possible we will prefer the home to be located in a very secured area considering our safety,please can you forward to us home listings that you have so that we can go through them before making a choice.

    Can you also please brief me a little about the best investments in your country, it is my desire to also invest in other areas once we relocate to you country.

    Thank you and looking forward to receiving the home pictures so that we can go through them before making a choice.


    General Abelardo Colome Ibarra
    Havana Cuba

    Fortunately, the real estate agent realized it was an internet scam right away. Obviously, a high ranking Cuban General would not conduct business this way. No, instead, he would send his son to shop for real estate, in between slurping milk shakes.

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