Wednesday, September 24, 2008

How much would you pay for your freedom?

That would me my rhetorical question to all of those, while living in freedom questions both smugglers of Cubans and the Cubans who pay to be smuggled into the United States. Or better, how much do you think your freedom is worth?
After listening to their answer, I would ask them why is that they think that others do not deserve the same freedom? Did you fight for your freedom or did you pay for it?
A plane ticket counts as paying for it, not as fighting for it.

So, if some other Cubans choose to pay smugglers we should welcome them to freedom, as much as others were welcomed when they arrived here. One good question would be to see how many of them have American visas and the Cuban government denied their exit permits. That's a pretty common situation. Another good question would be to ask them how desperate were day to leave Cuba, and why.

It's always easier to blame the victims, and it's no different from blaming a beautiful woman for being raped. Brutality hits only those who cannot defend themselves. The smuggling of Cubans is the modern day equivalent of the Underground Railroad, and let's not forget that many slaves also paid for being smuggled out to freedom.

There is one responsible for this death, his name is fidel castro. His system, coupled with the Dry Foot Wet Foot illegal regulation, written by Clinton, sustained by Bush, and acclaimed by one too many xenophobes and Cubanophobes, constitute the frame of actions and conditions under which Cubans need to be smuggled out of Cuba, and the cause of death for many of them while in the process of gaining freedom.

The Coast Guard has been denounced many times for shooting at crafts carrying Cubans to the United States, ramming them, and brutalizing the refugees. At this point, there should be an independent investigation to conclude who or what produced the injuries that eventually led to the death of this person, and the only way to establish responsibility is through the American justice system, with interviews to all witnesses. Was the person killed by a smuggler, by another refugee, or was it killed as a result of the actions of boarding the vessels by force?

Those questions can only be answered fairly with a complete independent investigation, and nothing short of that.

These are the news:

Cuban Refugee Dies During Smuggling Operation
39 Other Cuban Refugees & Alleged Smugglers Are Being Held On Coast Guard Cutter
Man Who Died Suffered A Head Injury
MIAMI (CBS4) ― Federal authorities are investigating how a Cuban refugee headed for the U.S. died from a head injury on his voyage.

Customs and Border Protection officials intercepted three boats carrying 33 Cubans and 7 alleged smugglers in the waters south of Key Largo late Tuesday night. Coast Guard authorities boarded the boat shortly after and discovered that one of the migrants, an adult man, had a severe head injury.

Coast Guard officers performed CPR on the injured man and then used a helicopter to airlift him to Opa Locka. However, he didn't make it and waiting paramedics pronounced him dead at 3:00 a.m.

The other 39 people, including the alleged smugglers, are on board Coast Guard cutters while federal authorities investigate.

These were luckier:

Cuban Refugees Forced To Swim To Freedom
BOYNTON BEACH (CBS4) ― More than three dozen Cuban refugees are safe after a desperate swim for freedom.

The group of about 40 Cuban men and women came ashore early Sunday morning on the beach at Ocean Ridge near Boynton Beach. Ocean Ridge police said all appeared to be in good condition.

One of the refugees told a Palm Beach television crew that the boat they were in started taking on water and sinking off the Boynton Beach Inlet. They were all forced to dive in the water for safety and make their way to shore.

After being processed by agents from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection the group will most likely be allowed to stay in the U.S. due to the 'wet foot-dry foot' policy which allows Cubans who reach U.S. soil to stay and seek residency.