Monday, February 14, 2011

Cuban defector arrives in Miami thanks to US help,The Associated Press

Posted on Sunday, 02.13.11

Cuban defector arrives in Miami thanks to US help
The Associated Press

MIAMI -- A Cuban defector has reunited with his family in Miami after
U.S. officials intervened to have him released from a jail in El Salvador.

Dr. Rafael Fontirroche Cruz arrived Saturday, under a policy that allows
Cuban medical personnel to come to the United States. He defected in
October from a Cuban medical brigade assigned to work in Nicaragua, and
eventually made his way to El Salvador. He was jailed there for
violating immigration laws.

His aunt in Miami sought help from Sen. Marco Rubio, who got various
federal agencies and international embassies involved.

Defectors are at risk for political persecution if they are returned to

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