Cuba: Take back those undesirables you sent here in the ’80s

By Perly Viasmensky
I read with great interest that the United States cannot deport violent felons from Cuba because Cuba does not accept criminal elements back, but Cuba needs to take back all criminals they sent tous in the 1980s.
Hey, I am of Cuban descent but I believe that if I am wrong, someone will correct me. It was sometime in April 1980 when in an agreement with then Democrat President Jimmy Carter, 120,000 Cubans fled to U.S shores in about 1,700 boats. Cuban exiles in the United States rushed using their own boats and others hired boats in Miami and Key West to rescue their relatives.
To their big surprise, the Castro regime emptied their prison cells of criminal elements and put them in boats with the people who had come to Cuba to rescue their own family members. Criminals and the mentally ill were put into those boats without any choice in the matter.
I personally know of one case; my good friend, the late Venezuelan pilot captain, Orlando Dominguez, who went to Cuba to rescue a particular family and returned with nothing but a group of what could be called “undesirable” human beings (the criminal element) and others who could create problems here in the United States because of their
severe mental illness, and yet without any of the members of the family he had intended to bring out of Cuba.
One of the people Captain Orlando Dominguez was forced to take into his boat to bring to the United States was a mentally and physically ill woman full of lice; everywhere on her body, she had hair. She was transported to a Miami hospital where she could not be properly cared for because she needed to be shaved up and down but that could not
happen without a court order and she had no relatives in the United States to approve such a shave.
The woman was so mentally unbalanced as to tell the nurse at Jackson Memorial Hospital that she would give him one of her breasts for a cigarette, and her whole body for a pack of cigarettes. She is one example of the kind of people that President Jimmy Carter negotiated for with the Cuban government.
I believe the United States could do the same thing — after all, Southwest Airlines has three daily flights to Havana. Jet Blue maintains daily service to four provinces in Cuba. American Airlines, Delta, Swift Air, United, and World Atlantic are all flying to Cuba from Miami International Airport.
The United States government can do exactly the same thing the Castro regime did in the 1980s — put those violent, undesirable criminals and the problematic mentally ill on one of those flights on Southwest, Jet Blue, American, Delta, and/or any other airline doing business with Cuba and drop them at whatever airport they land at without any
explanation whatsoever.
If those airlines can do business with the Cuban government for monetary reasons, they can afford a few seats for some of those criminals and their ICE security guards to be returned to Cuba where they belong.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.
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