Thirteen Cubans Die Trying to Reach USA

en el pueblo hay muchos camilo
“There are many Camilo Cienfuegos’s in the Cuban people. Illustration by Carlos.

HAVANA TIMES – While not the magnitude of migration and shipwrecks from Africa and the Middle East to Europe, the tragedy of thousands of Cubans dying at sea over decades continues today to bring mourning to families across the island.

Yesterday, the US Coast Guard says it has stopped searching for the 15 people (13 Cubans a Colombian and a Dominican) who did not achieve their goal of reaching the US territory.

The migrants were on the Caribbean island of St. Martin (more than 700 miles from Cuba), probably arriving by air. Their goal was to reach the US Virgin Islands as an alternative of trying to travel directly to the United States from Cuba, Mexico or Central America.

If successful they could enjoy US laws that benefit only Cubans, putting them on a fast track to permanent residence under the Cuban Adjustment Act.

Many Cubans take to the seas in rickety boats, rafts or inner tubes to reach the United States after that country denied them a visa to travel safely by air. Others, by their lack of resources, have no alternative.

14 thoughts on “Thirteen Cubans Die Trying to Reach USA

  • July 27, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Every healthy, educated Cuban perishing at sea on his way to picking up his Greencard in the industrialized rich Empire is a tragedy. A drowned illiterate Dominican balsero, a malnourished Mexican dying of thirst in the desert, a Honduran gang rape victim, shot by her coyote for nonpayment ? Nah, not so much.. After all, they weren’t fleeing Communist tyranny.

  • July 20, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Your comment is disjointed and unrelated to the thread. I don’t see the point in fixating on events which took place before I was born. The Bay of Pigs and the other issues have nothing to do with the struggle to survive Cubans are facing today.

  • July 20, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    A great comment, Circles.

  • July 20, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    I’ve got news for you Rich, Batista left Cuba on January 1, 1959 and has been dead a long time.
    Have you read my chapter on the US? Do you think it a balanced analysis?
    The judgement of a man is whether he endeavors to support the poor and oppressed or chooses to lean on the rich.

  • July 20, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    CErmle, Why are you lying about other readers you don’t even know. If you haven’t been to Cuba, speak for yourself and leave others to tell of their experiences.

  • July 20, 2016 at 9:51 am

    As Ron Reagan used to say, “There you go again.” Your facts (?) and information is tainted. No wonder your handlers are getting pissed with you. You haven’t been near Cuba for years and years, and you know it.

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