Some Cuban Americans come together to help Cuban refugees stranded in other countries, others not so much

Since 1959, Cuban exiles have been scattering all over the world when Fidel Castro took power in Cuba in a bloody coup and imposed a totalitarian dictatorship on the island. The majority of them, of course, settled in Miami, but you can find Cuban exiles living practically anywhere in the world. Although the Cuban diaspora is scattered, Cuban exiles have done a lot to help each other survive and start a new life in freedom.

By the same token, there have also been Cuban “exiles” who have not only failed to help other Cuban refugees, they have both directly and indirectly provided cover and support for the apartheid Castro regime. While their fellow Cubans are stranded in other countries, their only concern seems to be making sure it doesn’t make Obama’s failed Cuba policy (and by extension the Castro regime) look bad.

Our good friend Diana Arteaga had this to say about those Cubans on Facebook:

Here you have the (insert slanderous adjective) historic Cuban exile gathering food and goods for Cubans stuck on the other side of the Mexican border because of Obama’s repeal of wet foot dry foot.

Meanwhile the more “compassionate, highly educated” snowflakes at the think tanks and study groups that lobby for closer relations with Cuba and care so dearly for the Cuban people are nowhere to be found.

Thankfully, we still have Cubans willing to help their brothers and sisters in their quest to escape repression and tyranny (via The Miami Herald):

Exile initiative aims to help hundreds of Cubans stranded in Mexico

Alma Aguilera helps organize donations to be transported to Mexico to help Cubans stranded in that nation following the end to an immigration policy known as “wet foot, dry foot.”
Alma Aguilera helps organize donations to be transported to Mexico to help Cubans stranded in that nation following the end to an immigration policy known as “wet foot, dry foot.”

A group of exile organizations and volunteers are trying to help hundreds of Cubans who are stranded in Mexico following the end of the so-called “wet foot, dry foot” policy on Jan. 12.

Vigilia Mambisa, Democracy Movement, WWFE La Poderosa radio station and other organizations and volunteers have set up a tent on Miami’s Calle Ocho at Southwest 13th Avenue, next to a monument dedicated to the Bay of Pigs Invasion.

More than 4,000 pounds of food, personal hygiene products and other donations have been collected so far. But much more is needed to fill a tractor trailer headed to Mexico on Sunday.

“It’s the people of the community who are mainly helping,” said Ramón Saúl Sánchez of the Democracy Movement. “They are arriving with clothes, food, bedspreads, toiletries.”

Miguel Saavedra, of the Vigilia Mambisa, said that “people from different nationalities have come to make donations in solidarity with the Cubans.”

The donations will be transported in a 53-foot truck traveling by road to a church in the border city of Laredo, Texas. The cargo will be received by Sergio Pérez, a Cuban-American businessman who lives in Las Vegas and who has organized similar operations elsewhere in the U.S. Last month, Pérez temporarily closed his restaurant in Las Vegas, the Florida Café, to gather donations for the stranded Cubans. Some 22 tons of food and other basic necessities have been collected so far.

The supplies are transported from Laredo, Texas to several churches that are assisting some 800 Cubans stranded in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, Pérez explained.

In late January, Cubans who were stranded in Mexico complained about the “indifference of Cubans in Miami.”

Pérez, who is flying to Miami on Saturday to finish the preparations for the trip to Mexico, said the Cuban Club in California is also collecting supplies for stranded Cubans.

The businessman said that he has noticed some “disunity” within the Cuban community in exile and urged everyone to help the stranded Cubans.

“We need unity in the Cuban-American community,” he said.

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