Cayman government deports more Cuban refugees

| 08/03/2013

(CNS): Another group of Cuban refugees has found that a hazardous journey across the sea in a bid for freedom was in vain. The Cayman Islands’ government has sent home five migrants who had arrived in Cayman at Christmas after deciding to leave the vessel which was carrying some 30 people, once it arrived in Cayman waters. This is the second repatriation immigration officials have carried out of Cuban migrants so far this year and for at least one of the refugees it was his second time being deported. The three men and two women were escorted home last Friday after being housed at the Immigration Detention Centre for the last two and a half months as they waited processing and repatriation. Officials said that 22 Cubans remain at the detention centre.

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  1. Anonymous says:


    They don't want to stay or be deprived of the only time they have freedom for once, only at sea.

    Please don't believe all that you hear and see: What you see when visiting Cuba is only the life of a tourist.

    Take time and think if is so good for them would they be leaving?

    On a call to Cayman and it's peoples human side: Would giving the Cubans: Water andfuel, to continue in a journey to their decired freedom, which they may not reach (So sad but is reallity). Would only that human act make us the Cayman peoples criminals?.

     In an act of sense: If we Cayman stop loocking them up and spending so much money which comes from the public, that would help us look better .in the public and world eyes.

    It would also help Cayman spend less on them who only may be asking for a bottle of water or a piece of bread?

    Maybe all that spending which they are not seeking can go towards caring for our own peoples who needs some of that attention and food giving to them? Some may even benefit from some lockup time too maybe. For sure not them they don't need it the are lockedup all their lives. The only moment of freedom is taken away from them by us: The Cayman.

    Cuba don't give any thing back to Cayman for all the Cubans which are sent back. All expenses and troubles are all at the expenses of Cayman and it's peoples.

    Why Cayman would then continue to take them out of their route when Cuba is not stoping them to put all of that burden of inhumane treatment and cost$$$ on us.


    Cayman not have their own legal rights and human rights to revoque such hard law against them poor peoples seking only food and water not asylum?

    Documentary talks about it: NOT WORTH WATER, on you tube.

    God bless all those who continues to try to speak out and send messages to help apply the HUMAN RIGHTS TO CUBANS.


    • Bai says:

      Please. By that token, those coming to Cayman from 'first world' countries are clearly here because it's some how horrible where they are from? The grass is always ggreener on the other side. I have been to Cuba, as someone who is of Cuban descent with Cuban friends and family. There are certainly holes in the Cuban system, however, from my experience, the greatest corruption comes from the greedy, elitists that frequent the island, and it taints those who have more contact with them. I have experienced, and know may others from other countries such as Norway, Hong Kong, Canada, and etc, who have gone to Cuba and experienced the same joy for life, selflessness, resilience, intelligence, and compassion I have. Those who leave often have done something wrong, they are convinced that outside flows milk and honey. Clean your yard before you decide to point fingers spotted with propaganda.

  2. Anonymous says:

    A refugee – someone who comes here looking for a handout or hand up.


    Why only deport Cubans? Why not deport the other refugees (e.g. Jamaicans, Philippinos, Canadians, Americans, Hondurans, etc.)?


    Cayman has its own "refugees" that it needs to look after first, then maybe we can help the rest.


    Why do you think they tell you on the airplane to put your mask on first before assisting others?

    • Anonymous says:

      You literally have no idea of what a refugee is. The correct definition of a refugee is an individual who is residing outside their country of origin due to the fact that they have either suffered or fear suffering persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, political leanings, or because they are a member of a persecuted social group.

      Jamaicans, Philippinos, Canadians and Americans are not refugees. Canadians and Americans are not escaping anything in their country for fear of persecution or retribution. Either are Jamaicans – Jamaicans are searching for a way to better their lives and economic standing in a country that has a more stable economy than their own country.

      And when you deport all of theseindividuals, as you suggest, who exactly is going to do the jobs that us as Caymanians refuse to do? You think Caymanians are working in the DOE collecting garbage? Or Caymanians are the ones cleaning apartments and hotel rooms in our tourism inductry. Get real, bo-bo. Us Caymanians only want to do cushy, air-conditioned and comfortable jobs. We need a certain amount of immigration to survive.

      • Anonymous says:

          Many refugees are simply getting out of the crossfire. They do not have to face political or social persecution to be refugees.

        • Anonymous says:

          According to the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (which happened in 1951), a refugee was defined as a person who "owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country or return there because there is a fear of persecution…"; which is where I based my original definition from. 

          Just because you are using the word refugee incorrectly, and basing the nature of the word on your limited knowledge rather than a well founded and widely published definition does not mean that my definition was overly includive. You say that "Many refugees are simply getting out of the crossfire", but the crossfire of what, pray tell? Surely they would be escaping the "crossfire" of persecution or the fear of persecution?