‘Visits’ to Cuba vs. ‘Visitors’ to Cuba

Capitol Hill Cubans breaks down the numbers the Castro regime provides regarding the number of Cuban Americans who visit Cuba. As with all figures from the Cuban dictatorship, dubious is the best you can hope for. Most often, however, they are simply farcical.

Cuban-American Visits vs. Visitors
In January 2010, the Castro regime’s Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, hosted a forum on “The Nation and the Emigration.”

It’s a propaganda event held periodically in Havana, which seeks to relay the “image” that Cubans abroad do not oppose the Castro regime. So they recall 200-300 of their favorite “vetted” Cubans abroad and stage a whole production.

At that event, Rodriguez announced (with great fanfare) that 300,000 Cuban-Americans visited the island in 2009 — pursuant to the Obama Administration’s easing of U.S. sanctions.

Rodriguez “unveiled” this figure — courtesy of the regime’s National Statistics Office — as part of his argument that only a “radical minority” of Cubans abroad oppose Castro’s dictatorship.

Since that speech, the 300,000 figure has been routinely regurgitated as the “official” statistic of how many Cuban-Americans are traveling to the island.

Every news story written about Cuban-American travel now parts from that base figure, with “estimates” proportionally increasing over time.

But here’s the problem.

Undoubtedly, there’s been a dramatic increase in flights from the U.S. to Cuba. There are currently anywhere between 30-50 flights on any given week, with each flight carrying 100-150 passengers.

Any variant of these flights times passengers per week can equal 300,000, or more, or less, passengers — but the key word is passengers.

Unwittingly or not, the most consequential part of President Obama’s new policy was allowing for visits by Cuban-Americans to be unlimited. In other words, for Cuban-Americans to travel back-and-forth to the island, as if Cuba was The Bahamas — or to essentially live on-and-off the island.

(Ironically, it would be much more difficult for Bahamians to travel back-and-forth from the U.S. to The Bahamas — than it would be for Cubans to so — as they don’t enjoy the same generous U.S. immigration policy.)

Anyone that has traveled through Miami airport knows that current Cuban-American travelers are not doing so only once a year.

Take the recent New York Times story on this issue. One of the Cuban-Americans profiled had traveled eight times in the last 18 months.

That’s eight visits by the same Cuban-American passenger — not eight different Cuban-American visitors.

If each of the 300,000 Cuban-American passengers averages two visits — which is a very conservative estimate — then only 150,000 Cuban-American visitors traveled to Cuba last year.

Of course, that’s not useful for Castro’s propaganda.

Which begs the question —

Are Cuban-Americans traveling to Cuba multiple times a year — while extending a financial windfall upon the Castro regime — defying both the generous refugee presumption, and the humanitarian intent of family visits, as granted to them under U.S. law?

Moreover —

Do these 150,000, or less, Cuban-Americans have the “right” to help finance the repression of 12 million Cubans (most of which have no family abroad)?

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.”

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1841-1935

5 thoughts on “‘Visits’ to Cuba vs. ‘Visitors’ to Cuba”

  1. The key figure is not the number of visitors, but the amount of revenue being pumped into the hands of Castro, Inc. by Cubans abroad. It’s clearly very high and VERY significant. Whatever part of it is coming from US government aid to “exiles” constitutes fraud on the part of those getting such aid (if they don’t need it for themselves HERE, they shouldn’t be getting it). The special immigration status for Cubans is only justified if they are in fact political exiles, not immigrants like those from Mexico or Haiti. Obviously, there’s a hell of a lot of “relajo” (abuse) going on, and it’s only going to escalate if the US government allows it, even if only by omission.

  2. Here is the situation, the “exilio” as we knew it no longer exists. Those with a conscience and a position, those clearly aware they and theirs have been unpardonably robbed of their very own nation, those who left the governmental sect-camp to never again pay its captors an entrance fee, those people have diminished in the last years.

    I personally have a hard time buying and paying entrance fees to scum I would enjoy killing, its just not going to happen.

    Big part of this is due to the fact that not all, not even most, but a lot of what is coming out of Cuba today via the visa lottery (lottery my d^ck) are demoralized duchebags, riff-raff, suckers, and myopic people with no position nor care for anything, people hand picked by the Castro regime itself for they very well know that these fools will not only bring them back money but will degrade the truly exiled community and its efforts.

    People that come here to work a part-time to then return and spend their capitalistic dollars in the very stores of those that oppressed them, and oppress their compatriots, are simply not exiles nor do they deserve to be here, simple as that. These are the misarables that would have never risked it for themselves, nor anyone, for as long as they have a radio and a girlfriend around the corner they are fine. Oh, and God forbid if Castro ever gave them a free $5.00 cooking pan, oh, all of the sudden the cretins feel privileged and become pro-Castro.

    All of the sudden we even have castristas coming in and out as they please, with the blessing of DC, while real exiles sleeping in Ecuadorian streets, hiding while in Venezuela, or floating in the Atlantic fear return from American authorities. Yet, let’s not forget who started this, Clinton, and let’s also not ignore that ultimately these people represent a democrat vote for it is democrats who will let them return back to Havana with their new shoes every month.

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