“U.S. program for defecting Cuban doctors a success”

That’s the headline of an article in today’s Miami Herald. If I recall correctly, a few leftists are upset about this program because it encourages doctors to leave Cuba. In other words, it works. Perhaps the opponents of this program should aim their focus at the reasons why doctors (and anyone else who can, for that matter) are leaving. Think that’ll happen? Fat chance.

Anyway, here’s a snippet from the article:

Hundreds of Cuban doctors and other medical personnel who defected in third countries — and one magician — have applied for fast-track U.S. entry under a special program launched six months ago, U.S. officials say.

More than 100 already have arrived in the United States under the program, and hundreds more are hiding in places like Bolivia and Venezuela, awaiting U.S. background checks to ensure they are medical professionals and not rights abusers or Cuban government agents.

After a slow start, the program, designed for Cuban medical personnel who defect while working abroad, has received so many applicants that Cuban American activists are scrambling to assist the new arrivals. There are reports that Cuban authorities are visiting family members of doctors stationed abroad to warn of reprisals if their relatives flee.

”It’s a hugely successful program,” said Emilio Gonzalez, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, part of the Department of Homeland Security. “The word is getting out and obviously we get an increased number every week.”

Keep ’em coming!