Visagate: Obama administration continues granting visas to the Cuban dictatorship’s nefarious characters
Cubans lament dirty pasts of hundreds living safe in exile
Hundreds of Cubans with dubious pasts, including State Security officers and snitches, have moved to Miami, much to the disgust of those they tormented.
Havana activist Elizardo Sánchez says he bears no ill will for the Caamaños, neighbors who collaborated with State Security agents to harass him for years. After all, he heads the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation.
But his sister Marcela, who lives with him, has no problem denouncing the two Caamaños and a son-in-law, who now live in Miami.
“The first thing I would do is bring them back,” she said. “It is not a grudge. But it IS a lot of pity for the many people suffering here, while they live without any kind of problem over there.”
Former Cuban provincial prisons chief Crescencio Marino Rivero made headlines over the past month amid allegations that he abused some prisoners and ordered guards to abuse others before he moved to Miami two years ago.
But uncounted hundreds of other Cubans with nasty pasts are also living here, including State Security officers, snitches and collaborators, judges, policemen and members of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, the neighborhood watch groups.
Most were small cogs in the communist system’s machinery for political repression. They did not beat or torture. But they were not harmless. Their work could land dissidents in prison or block their children from getting into the right universities.
Yet like hundreds of thousands of other Cubans, they eventually moved to Miami, legally or illegally, for valid or suspect reasons. And their victims fumed when they spotted their former tormentors living in the capital of Cuban exile.
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Capitol Hill Cubans has more coverage HERE, including President Obama's Presidential Proclamation 8697, which supposedly would put an end to allowing the Castro dictatorship's henchmen from enjoying a retirement in the U.S.