Reina Luisa Tamayo will be allowed to stay in Miami
Thanks to the efforts of Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Reina Luisa Tamayo, the mother of the Cuban martyr Orlando Zapata Tamayo, will be allowed to remain in Miami when she and her family arrive on June 9th and will not be relocated to Arizona.
The Mother of Zapata will take Exile in Miami
A day after the Florida Republican congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen expressed her disagreement over the eventual relocation of Reina Luisa Tamayo and her family to Arizona, the State Department said they would be relocated to Miami.
"I am extremely happy to receive this information directly from the State Department that our efforts in favor of Reina Luisa Tamayo have been successful," said Ros-Lehtinen in a press release.
She added that the authorities will coordinate with humanitarian organizations in South Florida to receive and house Tamayo and 12 of her family members in Miami. The group will travel from Cuba to the U.S. on June 9th. Ros-Lehtinen also said she would remain "vigilant" so the process concludes in the manner it was planned, and the family can immediately integrate itself into the exile community.
'The outpouring of support and compassion by the South Florida community to give a warm welcome to Reina Luisa and receive her with open arms is a symbol of the strong bonds between the U.S. and the Cuban people," Ros-Lehtinen stated.
Tamayo has said repeatedly that once she arrives in Miami, she will "continue" her peaceful struggle for the democratization of Cuba and the respect of individual liberties.
On Friday, Tamayo told El Nuevo Herald that she felt alleviated that she would be able to travel directly to South Florida.
"It is a satisfaction because of the of the struggle and sacrifice put forth by my brothers so we could come to Miami," Tamayo said. "I was feeling very bad, but now I am profoundly grateful for the news. We were going to feel too isolated in Arizona."