How do Cuban people manage to be able to go back to Cuba when their lives are at risk ?

My Point of View/By Rolando Larraz
Three Cuban baseball players, including the psychologist of the team, deserted from their country team and asked for political asylum while practicing for the Tokyo Olympics.
The team did not qualify and were en route back to Cuba when they deserted. One of the players, the pitcher, who is qualified as the star of the team and known for being the best pitcher in a long time, did ask for asylum the very first day they all arrived in Miami.
And here are my concerns: Why does the Cuban baseball team need to come to a country they claim to despise and hate? Why do they need to step foot in a country which they claim as an enemy?
But, ironically, this time I do not blame the Cubans; this time I blame the government of the United States of America for being so soft-hearted with its enemies.
When people ask for political asylum in another country it is because their life is in danger and they are not supposed to go back to their country until the government that has placed their life in danger is out and their life is no longer in danger.
However, the Cubans come here as political exiles and a few months after arriving on American soil they go to visit the country that has placed “their life in danger” because they “miss their family” and every time they have a chance, they go to visit “the family they miss so much.”
Where is the danger for their life? How is their life “at risk”? I left Cuba 62 years ago because my life was in danger and it was at risk and I have not been able to go back because my life is in fact in danger and my freedom is still, after 62 years, at risk.
When I left Cuba 62 years ago, I left my grandmother and my mother behind. I was very close to my grandmother and I miss her enormously, but I was not able to go back to visit her because my life would have been in grave danger.
How do Cuban people manage to be able to go back to Cuba when their lives are at risk and in danger and then just ask for political asylum, something I could not and still can not do?
It can be made possible for two reasons: they all lie to the American government and the Immigration Department, and because the American government and the Immigration Department do not mind that the Cubans made a fool out of them.
Is the American government and the Immigration Department aware that Communist Dictator Raul Castro’s daughter owns several houses in the Florida area, many in the Dade County area where millions of Cubans have exiled to (and who are now residents or American citizens)?
Is the American government and the Immigration Department aware that Raul Castro’s daughter comes to the United States every month to go shopping in New York and on Beverly Hills’ famous Rodeo Drive?
Is the American government and the Immigration Department aware that many of these so-called “Cuban exiles” travel to Cuba monthly to do business with Cuba or in Cuba?
Money talks and BS walks is a famous saying in this wonderful country of the free.
The American government and the Immigration Department knows very well who Mariela Castro Espin is, but Mariela Castro Espin comes here not looking for a better life for her family. Mariela Castro Espin comes here not looking to work and earn money to send money home to her family. Mariela Castro Espin comes here to buy expensive clothes helping the tax to increase. Mariela Castro Espin comes here to stay in a very expensive hotel helping the corporation to earn more money so the CEO makes more money and is able to offer campaign
contributions to the politicians that her father allegedly dislikes so much.
Mariela Castro Espin comes to Miami to buy houses to increase the coffers of the Sunshine State where the father or grandfather of the Miami Mayor were forced to leave their country because the communists had taken their country over.
Why does the Miami Mayor allow Mariela Castro Espin to come to his city and buy houses when his grandfather was once forced out of his home by the father and uncle of the one woman who is now allowed to profit from her real estate transactions?
That is what makes me different from the rest of the world; I can’t be bought, and that is why I am very proud, after sixty-two years in this great nation, to still be a poor little Cuban refugee because money does not blind me. Since many people have tried to buy my newspaper for a good amount of money, I could be retired by now but I knew their intentions and I said “no way, Jose.”
One alleged businessman who I used to often have lunch with once told me that he has friends that were willing to buy me out “under the table” so I could continue to have my name as the owner, but I could stay home and they would send me my check every week.
I told him that I may talk with an accent but I do not think with an accent, and to tell “his friends” no thank you, because I knew about their ill reputation and their ill ideas for the Las Vegas Tribune that I have built by exposing political corruption, police abuse, and constitutional violations.
The idea they had was to buy the Las Vegas Tribune, give me two weeks salary and close the newspaper after I signed a clause that I would not be able to publish another newspaper ever again.
If I was going to have money every time someone wanted to buy me out or try to take the Las Vegas Tribune out of my hands, I could retire two or three times over and stay in Santa Monica full time instead of having to come back to Las Vegas every two or three months.
They come to me because the Las Vegas Tribune has “potential,” or they “can put the Las Vegas Tribune on the map,” but when they see that they cannot control me, they change their tune and soon “no one reads your newspaper,” or “nobody even knows the Las Vegas Tribune.”
My answer is always the same: if you have so much money, why don’t you go publish your own newspaper?
The name does not mean anything; we made the name to go with what we write, how we expose corruption, and how we defend the rights of the citizens of this great city, county, and state. The name is for everyone who contributes their opinions and their dedication to this small newspaper and how we separate ourselves from a governor for whom we all pray since he has now become a communist governor and a liar.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: or at 702-272-4634.

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