The Department of Homeland Security has publicly released the names and personal information of 46 Cuban refugees who had sought protection in America because of fear of persecution at home. Los Angeles Times mentionted on Monday, exposing the Communist Castro regime.
The Cuban citizens – whose names, dates of birth, nationalities and respective detention centers were reportedly publicly posted by Homeland Security – feared persecution and torture. The Los Angeles Times claimed that the publication of their identity was accidental.
The 46 Cubans affected are among a larger group of 103 Cubans that Homeland Security had planned to deport by air after the Biden administration and the Castro regime agreed to resume deportation flights in November. Washington had suspended flights in response to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.
The leak occurred on November 28 when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “accidentally” was posted a lengthy online list containing sensitive information on 6,252 asylum seekers held by the agency.
ICE appeared to confirm the post.
“Upon notification, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement acted quickly to immediately correct the error,” ICE said in a statement. “Although unintentional, this release of information is a violation of policy and the agency is investigating the incident and taking all necessary corrective actions. ICE is notifying noncitizens affected by the disclosure.”
According to Los Angeles Times, ICE officials will not deport those affected for at least 30 days so that asylum seekers can determine whether releasing their personal information will affect their respective cases. US authorities are reportedly trying to rule out the possibility of the Castro regime retaliating against the 46 Cuban citizens whose information was publicly posted online.
Ramón Saúl Sánchez, head of the non-profit organization of Cuban exiles Movimiento Democracia, he said Radio Television Marti said the leak could be “a long prison sentence for any of the Cubans who applied for asylum, certain that their information would remain closed to the Cuban regime.”
Cuba’s immigration crisis has worsened dramatically in 2022 as more Cubans continue to desperately flee communism in record numbers.
US border officials was announced In October they recorded 220,908 Cubans during the 2022 fiscal year, a number higher than the 187,716 Venezuelans and 163,876 Nicaraguans who fled their respective socialist regimes recorded during the year. Authorities of Panama informed the public on Monday that the number of Cubans crossing the dangerous Darien Gap, located between Colombia and Panama, had increased fivefold during 2022.
The Castro regime has also stepped up its brutal crackdown on the nation’s citizens, who have been protesting continuously demanding an end to more than six decades of communist rule in Cuba.
Throughout the year, the communist regime had was arrested and battered minors, they are punished political prisoners who refuse to undergo “ideological rehabilitation” and turn loyal to communism and rammed a boat to prevent a group of Cuban citizens from escaping; murder four adults and a two-year-old in the process.
In addition to severe food and medicine shortages, Cuban citizens have had to endure almost endless energy blackout as a consequence of the collapse of the country’s electricity grid. The Castro regime admissible last week that he preferred to divert resources to the development of the dubious Chinese coronavirus vaccines ‘Soberana’ and ‘Abdala’ instead of repairing the island nation’s antiquated electricity grid.
The Biden administration continues to detain and rapidly deport Cuban refugees fleeing communism, with a particular focus on Cuban balsero or “beamers,” who attempt to reach U.S. soil by making a perilous sea journey using boats or makeshift rafts. Unlike those trying to cross the US southern border, balsero they are not subject to human trafficking operations conducted by Mexican cartels and other criminals throughout Central America.
#Break @USCG The crew of the Cutter Richard Etheridge repatriated 38 Cubans, Tuesday.#USCG, partnering agency crews will stop you at sea before you reach Marquesas Key, Dry Tortugas or FL. You will be repatriated to your country of origin or departure. #DontTakeToTheSea @USEmbCuba pic.twitter.com/OAtDD4zQvR
— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) December 20, 2022
Los cielos azules se converten en tormenta? botes improvised se hunden? including los nadadores fuertes se cansan. Demasiados migrants arriesgan sus vidas solo para morir en el mar. #MigraciónSegura #NoTeArriesguesEnAltaMar pic.twitter.com/DMONc8wueR
— United States Embassy in Cuba (@USEmbCuba) December 16, 2022
As Cuban citizens settle in other countries, they begin sending remittances to their friends and family still living in Cuba – which the communist Castro regime has turned into a major source of income.
According to reports published by the Miami-based Havana Consulting Group (THCG) in 2020, the Castro regime collects 74.3 percent of every US dollar sent to Cuba through remittances, with the absolute majority coming from the United States. The Castro regime, after pocketing its big haircut, gives the rest to the intended recipients of the foreign currency in the form of the highly controlled Cuban pesos.
ONE report published in March Voice of America found that, according to the Havana Consulting Group, Cuba received $3.1 billion in remittances in 2019. In an effort to limit the flow of cash, the Trump administration imposed severe restrictions on remittances sent at the time in Cuba. which reduced the amount Cuba received in remittances to $1.08 billion in 2021.
The Biden administration chill out many of these restrictions in May 2022.
Christian K. Caruzo is a writer from Venezuela documenting life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter here.