Hypocritical Mexico

Mexicans illegally entering US: okay.

Cubans entering US via Mexico: no way.

So decreeth the Mexican government (as well as the Castro regime):

Mexico agreed Monday to deport Cubans who sneak illegally through Mexican territory to reach the U.S., a step toward cutting off an increasingly violent and heavily used human trafficking route.

The agreement, signed by Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque and Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa, takes effect in one month. It also criticizes U.S. policy that generally allows Cubans who reach U.S. territory to stay, while turning back most caught at sea.

Har, har, har. It’s the US’s fault that Cuba is such a festering hellhole (thanks to Castro bros.) people will leave if you give them half a chance. As friend of Castro Death Watch Henry Gomez, of Babalublog, is quoted as saying in the article:

“There would be no need for the policy if people weren’t dying, literally, to get out of Cuba.”

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Hungary, if Castro ‘slams’ you,

then you KNOW you did a good thing:

Cuba branded Hungary an “imperial accomplice” of Washington on Wednesday for granting political asylum to 29 Cubans who were held at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. naval base.

Those given Hungarian visas were among 44 Cubans picked up at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard. Authorities deemed them at risk of persecution if repatriated and held the group at the U.S. base while officials sought a third country to take them.

Many were dissidents, and some were at the base more than two years.

The Cubans at the Guantanamo base included 17 who staged a hunger strike to protest conditions, but it ended August 17 when Hungary announced it would take 29 migrants.

A third country was expected to take seven more, and five others were approved to go to the United States. One chose to return to Cuba for family reasons, and the status of a couple who were offered Hungarian visas but apparently refused them was unclear.

Too effing bad, Castro. Screw you and the horse/hearse you’re riding in if you don’t like it.

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Czech this out

Is it any surprise when a country that once wore the noose of communism is a friend to those seeking freedom from Castro? The Czech Republic is taking in three Cuban families who escaped from Castro’s hell but didn’t quite make it to dry land in the U.S.:

The Czech government, which is known for its support of Cuba’s opposition movement, agreed to grant asylum to the families at the request of the United States. Identities of the refugees were not revealed to prevent persecution of their relatives still living on the island.

A small number of Cuban citizens are generally given shelter at the remote U.S. Navy base (my note: this refers to Guantanamo) as a first step to being given asylum at a country other than the United States, under a U.S. policy known as “wet-foot, dry-foot.”

Thank God for the Czech Republic.

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Talk about a “live exercise”

Imagine you’re holding an exercise for an anticipated, potential emergency event. Imagine if the emergency event happens during your exercise, albeit to a far lesser degree than what you’re holding the exercise for:

[The] simulation began just hours after a real U.S. Border Patrol mission picked up more than 40 Spanish-speaking migrants who happened to arrive Thursday morning along Miami-Dade beaches. Arrivals like those occur frequently in South Florida, the majority of them from Cuba.

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Wet foot plus dry foot equals “schizophrenia”

Q: How do you spell “schizophrenia?”

A: “Wet-foot, dry-foot.”

Imagine missing out on freedom by a few feet of land/ocean. Compare and contrast the following stories from the Miami Herald today:

11 cold migrants arrive at toll booth

BY TIM CHAPMAN

Soaked, shivering and disoriented, two groups of migrants walked up to the Key Biscayne toll booth this morning, where they received coffee and blankets from strangers.

The first group of five arrived at 6:30 a.m. That group included men, women and children.

Workers at the toll booth separating Key Biscayne from the mainland kept them warm and gave them coffee until the U.S. Border Patrol arrived. One of the five walked away but the others stayed put.

Thirty minutes later, six other migrants showed up — also wet, also shivering.

Four of the six in the latter group identified themselves as Lidia Lugo, 34; son Jose Carlos Rodrigues Lugo, 9; daughter Amanda Rodrigues Lugo, 15; and 13-year-old Mario Nuñez, who is not related.

An employee of Miami-Dade County let them huddle in his truck for warmth until the Border Patrol could return.

A Miami police sergeant showed up and summoned fire rescue. Fire rescue workers advised the group to take off their wet shoes and gave them blankets.

Lidia Lugo said they left Sunday from Cuba’s Pinar del Rio. She declined to say how they made the voyage, only that they waded ashore.

She said she has a relative in Hialeah named Clara and the toll booth employee let her call Clara on a cell phone. The woman had the phone number memorized.

“Gracias a Dios,” she said, shortly before the Border Patrol took her and the children away for processing.

47 intercepted at sea sent back

By ERIKA BERAS

A group of 48 migrants were intercepted at sea last week. All but one — who had medical issues — were sent back to Cuba.

It was a busy week for the Coast Guard, according to officials, who discovered migrants at sea every day.

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