Fleeing failed Cuban economy, refugees wind up in Rio Grand Valley of Texas by the thousands
At least 7,000 Cuban refugees are expected to come to the border in the next coming days.They are taking this circuitous route because of US "wet feet, dry feet" policies. If they get to dry land they can stay, but if they are caught on the sea they are returned to Cuba. The Cubans fear that Obama may change the policy and halt legal migration so they are coming in ever larger numbers. They are voting with their feet against the failed policies of socialism.
The activity at the Hidalgo International Bridge continues. For 40 years, Jose Angel Rodriguez has made his living driving a cab.
He said he’s seeing more Cubans crossing the port of entry. “They get here every night, in the morning, and at night they get here. They go to Laredo, too,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez remembered taking a few to a hotel or store. It gets busier each week that passes by.
Down the road from the bridge were a handful of 15-passenger vans. They had Florida license plates. Giovanni Acosta is one of them.
“In Cuba, there’s nothing. There’s no freedom. We came from Cuba because the pressure that we have there,” Giovanni Acosta said.
Acosta said he’s waiting for his wife to come to the bridge so he can take her back to Miami. She’s taking the same track as he once did. “I did the same path, like all the Cubans did. I came from Ecuador. I walked for 27 days on the road,” he said.
Congressman Henry Cuellar’s office said Cuban refugees are coming to Laredo’s Point of Entry every day and the numbers are increasing. They’re coming from Central America through Mexico to the border.