From our Perils of the Yo-Yo Lifestyle Bureau with some assistance from our in-house Schadenfreude expert, Dr. Dolores Del Duncan
When you claim to be in exile but travel constantly to the nation you fled, you can’t really claim to be an exile.
Yet, that’s what hundreds of thousands of Cuban “exiles” do frequently, sometimes several times a year, pouring millions of dollars into the coffers of Castro, Inc., keeping that bankrupt regime and its moribund economy alive.
These back-and-forth comin’ and a-goin’ Yo-Yo’s rarely run into trouble when they try to return to the U.S., but many are now faced with a unique situation.
They traveled to Castrogonia during this plague outbreak and are now stuck there, their minds wracked by “incertidumbre y angustia” (uncertainty and anguish).
Maybe now they can claim to be in “exile” from the U.S?
Abridged and loosely translated from CiberCuba:
A group of repatriated Cubans and residents of the United States – but with active residence on the island – have remained stranded in Cuba since the Cuban government closed the borders in order to stop the expansion of the coronavirus, in late March.
As the days go by, anguish and uncertainty grows among those Cubans who are not clear when they will be able to return to their places of residence, despite the fact that it was initially said that it would be on May 15.
Ariel Ramírez, whose family resides in the Granma province, has explained in statements to Telemundo 51 that he arrived in Cuba on March 16 and was unable to return. More than a month later, he confesses that the situation for him is already critical.
“They did not let him leave and he is spending work there, without money and with nothing, because there is nothing … When he went to the airport, his sister was allowed to leave, because she had not been in Cuba for eight years, but as he did he entered before the age of two, he had not lost his rights, ”said Idelismay Rodríguez, Ramírez’s wife, from the United States.
There are even dramatic cases of families that were divided at the airport, in which some members of the family nucleus were able to travel and others were not. This happened to Adrián Pérez, whose wife told the aforementioned media that she and their son were able to get on the plane, but he, not because he was still active in Cuba.
The United States Embassy on the island has raised the possibility of a repatriation flight on a humanitarian basis, although it is a flight where the citizens of the United States with the highest risk of the coronavirus, the minor United States citizens and their parents will have priority, U.S. citizens and, lastly, lawful permanent residents of the United States.
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