Cubans sold everything to reach U.S., now hundreds stranded

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January 14, 2017

Hundreds of Cubans who sold their homes and belongings in pursuit of an American dream that now lays in tatters were stranded in Central America and Mexico on Friday after Washington abruptly ended a lenient immigration policy.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday repealed a measure granting automatic residency to virtually every Cuban who arrived in the United States, whether or not they had visas, ending a longstanding exception to U.S. policy.

The end of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, which allowed any Cuban who reached U.S. soil to stay, but returned any picked up at sea, took effect immediately. Cuban officials had long sought the change, arguing it would discourage people-trafficking and dangerous journeys.

Jose Enrique Manreza, who sold his house and possessions in Havana to embark on a epic trip by plane, bus and foot through the rain forests of French Guiana, Colombia and Panama, estimated he had spent about $10,000 on the journey.

“Imagine how I feel, after I spent six days and six nights running through rivers and jungles in the humidity,” said Manreza, at a migrant shelter in the southern Mexican city of Tapachula, where he heard the news, along with 30 other Cubans.

16 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • justinwachin says:

    President Obama has no problem accepting Muslims fleeing the problems of the Middle East. President Obama isn’t interested in accepting Cubans who are fleeing communist Cuba.

    Once again we see a perfect example of this president’s flawed worldview. Noon Jan. 20 can’t arrive soon enough. It’s time for a president who has a level head and will work to make America great rather than having a president who has spent the last eight years trying to destroy our nation.

  • Pete says:

    The actions of a bitter little man doing anything and everything he can think of to harm the United States in the short time he has left. This should surprise no one, he was anti American from the git go and now no longer bothers to hide it.

  • texexpatriate says:

    Well these people are learning what those of us who are older have had to learn about the U.S. government. We’ve learned that it is filled with liars and hypocrites, and that we cannot trust the professional politicians in D.C., District of Corruption, to keep their word. One of the worst we’ve ever had is Barack Obama. It is a shame that these Cubans trusted him. Most of us here in the U.S. know better.

  • bobnstuff says:

    Is Cuba any worse the the other hell holes in Central America. If we give their people special status then there are other countries that are worse that should also get the same treatment if we want to be fair. Let the Cubans stay in Cuba.

    1. Rodney Steward says:

      THEY’RE CALLED M-U-S-L-I-M-S, bobby, that you’ll see in action before long, they’re just waiting on the word!!

      1. bobnstuff says:

        They are called COMMUNISTS. The people in Cuba are communists. You would leave in communists. I guess you are one of the pinko commie bastards.

        1. Rodney Steward says:

          Hey dumbass, read what you posted, if we give their people special status then there are other countries that are WORSE that should also get the same treatment, it’s the F’Ken muslims!!!

          1. bobnstuff says:

            You just want more Commies to keep you conferable. Let all those commies in but the other people from countries with drugs, gangs and corrupt governments don’t get the same treatment.

          2. Rodney Steward says:

            I don’t want none of these SOB’s here of any kind!!

          3. bobnstuff says:

            So you support Obama blocking those commies from getting a free ride into the US.

          4. Rodney Steward says:

            YES, and D’N mexicans and muslims too!

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      3. The Redhawk says:

        POOR CUBANS….WELCOME TO THE LAND OF OBAMA SCREW UPS AND LIES…Problem with you. YOU ARE NOT MUSLIMS!

        1. Rodney Steward says:

          Yep, you’re not muslim, you’re screwed!! 🙂

          1. The Redhawk says:

            :0)……may be Lewis could take up their Cause but need to paint themselves Black

          2. Rodney Steward says:

            Isn’t that some shi$, I guess it’s a black thing, and a California thing, because none of those space freaks from CAL. are going to Trumps party! When Obama was President blacks were on top of the world, now they’re just blacks again!!

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