Cuban exiles call Louisville, Kentucky home, live the American dream of freedom and liberty

When most people talk about Cuban exiles settling in the U.S., they mention places like Miami, Union City, and even Las Vegas. What most folks don’t realize, however, is that Cuban exiles are all over the U.S. enjoying the freedom and liberty America offered them when they fled the tyranny of Cuba’s Castro dictatorship.

One of those places — and one that most (including myself) was not aware of — is Louisville, Kentucky. Believe it or not, Cubans are the second largest minority community in Louisville and have excelled in that city. They even have their own publication, El Kentubano.

More about Louisville’s Cubans at The Lane Report:

Cuban-American Luis David Fuentes contends that Miami, a popular destination for Cubans immigrating to the United States has nothing on Greater Louisville, which offers better incomes, lower costs, and a welcoming and innovative atmosphere.  

The 17-year Kentucky resident struggled upon arrival, but now helps other Cubans make their home in Louisville and Kentucky through his popular publication El Kentubano.

“I am a really proud Cuban American,” Fuentes said. “I miss my country, but I fell in love with this great country and all of the opportunities and things I’ve been able to accomplish, because there were tools in front of me.”

Fuentes and his wife initially thought they would move to the U.S. somewhere out of Miami to “see and live the real American way and return to Cuba a few years later,” he said. Instead, they raised their two children in Kentucky and have successful careers without forsaking their roots.

The Fuentes’ experience is exactly what Greater Louisville wants to see more of as the economy gains more jobs that natives exclusively can’t fill.

The largest immigrant populations in Greater Louisville in order, according to the census, are Mexican, Cuban, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Guatemalan, German, Filipino, Iraqi, Korean, Bosnian, Canadian and English.

“We came here with a different idea, because in Cuba – what they’re teaching – they still consider the U.S. an enemy,” Fuentes said. “I came here expecting to see discrimination, homelessness and crime, and I found the opposite. My wife and I were able to accomplish a bunch of things here. We feel lucky to be a part of this society.”

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H/T Carlos Alberto Perez