Seven refugees escape Cuba on a rickety boat, make landfall in the Florida Keys

According to the media, “Cuba Experts,” and academia, Cuba is a socialist paradise with free healthcare, free education, and free housing. Yet in spite of the wonderful, carefree life provided by the apartheid Castro dictatorship and despite the rescinding of the “wet foot/dry foot” immigration policy, Cubans continue to throw themselves into the sea to escape Cuba. I wonder why.

Via the Florida Keys News:

Seven Cubans land at Fort Zach Friday
Seven people from Cuba landed at Fort Zachary Taylor Park in Key West in this rustic vessel Friday, Dec. 22. Photo by Nancy Curran

For the second time in three months, Cuban migrants made landfall in the Florida Keys this week — a once-weekly, and sometimes daily, occurrence until the Obama administration, in its waning days, repealed a decades-old policy treating those fleeing the communist nation as refugees.

Friday morning, a single-engine “rustic vessel” arrived at Fort Zachary Taylor Park in Key West carrying seven Cubans — five men and two women, said U.S. Border Patrol Supervisory Agent Adam Hoffner.

“The subjects all appeared to be in good health,” he said by email. “All of the subjects were processed for removal.”

The passengers said they left Mariel, Cuba, on Thursday.

Migration from Cuba to Florida by sea went from a flow to a trickle since then-President Obama, in one of his most significant last acts in office, ended the so-called wet-foot, dry-foot policy, which classified every Cuban who reached U.S. shores as a refugee. It was a 1995 change to the Cold War-era Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966.

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