Cuban detainees make mass escape from centre

| 18/03/2014

(CNS): Twenty-five Cuban migrants being held at the Fairbanks immigration detention centre made a bid for freedom Monday afternoon, giving cause for concern about how the Cayman Islands government is handling the ongoing issue relating to Cuban migrants. Police said that at about 3:30pm today (17 March) they received reports that the latest group of Cubans that had been detained in George Town had all escaped. Officers were dispatched to the location and together with officers from the enforcement arm of the immigration department they managed to find 24 of the migrants in different areas. However, one man is still at large, police stated.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Why Cayman continues to HELP CUBA. While we here  all are concerned about locking them up and feeding them also patrolling and chasing them up and down adding every day more expeses to our pockets. The Castro's regimen continues to use them and us to grow their bussines. They not worried or concerned. we are. They just waiting for them to be sent back. All at the Cayman people expense.

    We would not have this hole problem if Cayman would just do the same as Cuba: Just sit back and let them go about their business playing blind so that they can get rid of them. They also let whosoever wants to help them HELP. They just want less Cubans against them.

    Those who leaves Cuba are considered Traitors and the Cuban system would rather have them leaving than locking them up to feed them. It's less expensive to hav them try out for freedom than to catch them. At the end they know that Cayman is going to be doing that job for them.

    They can't care less about who gets out, but just see who can get in. Which means they are watching and using those poor soles to do business.

    We all better off playing blind too and helping those poor people.

    • Anonymous says:

      Seems like it would be much cheaper and kinder to give them water and food and fuel and send them on their way. Keeping them locked up at great expense and then paying their way back to Cuba to try again just doesn't make much sense.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Can we just let them 'escape' with a fixed boat, supplies and new engine? Then we just are unable to find them because they are very skilled and elusive?

    • Anonymous says:

      Who is behind keeping the security company guarding them????? This is unbelievable, they keep escaping we keep paying more security to watch them…lining their pockets

  3. Anonymous says:

    Cayman Airways goes to Cuba several times a week.  Certainly it would be less expensive and probably more humane to take them back home than to pay for them to stay here and have the risk of this type of escape into our community.  We do not know the backgrounds of these people and to not monitor them and detain them such that, not one, but 25 can escape at one time is most embarrassing and concerning, especially in such close proximity to several schools.  Wake up Cayman Islands Government and stop dragging your feet on important and fixable matters.

    • Anonymous says:

      If we are going to start making sense, then why jet service on our dime?  Just have the prop-powered Aero Cubana/Atlantico collect them leisurely every Friday.  They even serve cardboard ham and cheese sandwiches.   

  4. Anonymous says:

    Give them back their boat to repair it and set them free..Where are the human rights the UK is always shoving down our throats..This Cuban policy is barbaric.

  5. Derek Banks says:

    Just give them a boat and send them on their merry way!   easier for all.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Time and time again.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Can somebody tell me why are we the people of the cayman islands paying a security company to watch these people BUT THEY KEEP ESCAPING???? IS this how the CCTVs  being monitored??? 

    • Anonymous says:

      Amen!  again why is it that the Government is still continuing to allow security centres to watch these Cubans when they know full well what is hapenning.

      The government will not listen to good advice.    What needs to be done is that a proper detention centre should be set up as it was before when it was managed under  Tad Welcome with retired prison and police oficers.  Private persons are again lining their pockets from this Cuban refugee fiasco.   Give retired Police oficers and prison officers the opportunty to do a good job, while making a few bucks.  

    • AnonymousX says:

      Under the law they can't be treated like prisoners. Yet they could be convicts amongst them and we have to put up with them everytime they escape. Someone is going to get hurt then you will hear the politicians say Immigration need better facilities and more funding. But this is the same routine all over again. Yes, they are migrants looking for freedom, but we don't who they are?  And yet we can't treat them like the prisoners in HMP. So what is the solution. I think instead of dangering the Caymanian public, we should just leave them alone to continue on their journeys instead of keeping them here to send back to Cuba.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not true. Based on figures obtained in 2007 as many as 80% of these detainees are repeat offenders – they've landed, been detained and been repatriated before – and that makes their arrival in the Cayman Islands an arrestable offence. Why are these 'economic migrants' not being treated for what they are – common criminals – and why are immigration not putting them on the next plane back to Cuba .