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Cubanos estafadores regresando a Cuba en balsa

Lo que está  entrado últimamente es pura basura, desprestigiando la labor hecha por los Cubanos decentes durante tantos años, nuestra fama de honradez y trabajo se va a pique.MGM

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Un crucero de Disney recató esta semana a tres cubanos cuyo bote, donde huían a Cuba, naufragó a mitad de travesía, reportó The Sun Sentinel. Autoridades estadounidenses dicen que el trío estaba escapando de cargos por falsificación de tarjetas de crédito.

Los detenidos son Luis Rivera García, de 26 años de edad, Juliet Estrada Pérez y Enrique González Torres, ambos de 23 años. Los tres habían sido acusados en octubre de 2015 por el Servicio Secreto de los EE.UU. por fraude de tarjeta de crédito en Luisiana.

De acuerdo a la acusación que se les hizo en Nueva Orleans, los tres eran parte de una red que instalaba dispositivos de fraude en los cajeros de gasolineras y capturaban el número de tarjeta de crédito de los clientes.

En abril de este año, Estrada Pérez y Rivera García fueron arrestados por Sheriffs de Fort Myers y acusados por tráfico con tarjetas de crédito robadas. Fueron encontrados con 28 de estas, pero liberados bajo fianza.

En una serie de reportajes investigativos el pasado año, el periódico del sur de la Florida mostró como grupos criminales cubanos especializados en crímenes de bajo riesgo y alta ganancia solían huir a la Isla luego de operar en EE.UU.

El crimen más común en estas redes criminales radicadas en Florida es el fraude con tarjetas de crédito. Este consiste en robar números de tarjeta, codificarlos en tarjetas nuevas y luego viajar a través del país, comprando mercancías y tarjetas de regalo, estas últimas vendidas después en el mercado negro.

Los grandes minoristas han perdido millones debido a estas estafas. Sin embargo, el gobierno cubano no suele devolver a este tipo de delincuentes a las autoridades estadounidenses.

El servicio de alguaciles de EE.UU. dijo que dos los náufragos rescatados el pasado jueves tenían un record “asombroso” de órdenes judiciales federales en Nueva Orleans. El tercer cubano había violado las condiciones de su fianza.

La guardia costera estadounidense entregó a los tres cubanos a la policia y serán procesados este lunes.

Obama at the Shrine of our Lady of Charity

Ana Rodriguez Soto – Florida Catholic newspaper

Archidiócesis of Miami

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They walked inside, and with Cristina Brito, Father Domínguez’s secretary, serving as translator, the priest told the president the history of the place.

“I showed him the image of Our Lady of Charity, the one that arrived here in 1961,” the priest said.

He told him of the outdoor Mass that year, where more than 30,000 newly arrived exiles had gathered. “They felt sad, forsaken, they missed their homeland. They had come searching for liberty and at that moment, the image of the virgin was brought in, a sign that they were not alone.”

“He was really paying attention,” Father Domínguez recalled. “He asked me if it was the original (image).”

The priest explained that the original remains at its shrine in El Cobre, in Santiago de Cuba.

“I also explained to him the history of Cuba,” he said, a history depicted in the mural located behind the shrine’s altar.

“He recognized Father Felix Varela and also José Martí,” Father Domínguez recalled, referring to two of the faces on the mural. One is of the priest who wound up ministering to Irish immigrants in New York after being exiled for demanding independence from Spain; the other is of the Cuban poet who died while fighting for the same cause.

Then the priest pointed out the faces at the bottom right of the mural: Cuban rafters.

“There I took the opportunity to explain to him the tragedy of the Florida Straits,” Father Domínguez said. “I told him: Look, that image represents Cubans who, since communism came to Cuba, have been coming and losing their lives in the Florida Straits, looking for liberty. I hope all that effort won’t be lost, and that this process (of reconciliation between the two countries) will conclude with true freedom for Cuba.”

Not content to say it only in Spanish, Father Domínguez said he repeated: “Mr. President, I have some difficulties in explaining myself in English. But I can say to you something very clear. We pray every day here for real freedom, real freedom, for Cuban people, for Cuba.

“Then he smiled and he told me, ‘Father, don’t worry, that is our goal, to achieve liberty in Cuba.’”

Father Domínguez said he conveyed the feelings of many in the exile community who are wary of the current negotiations because they believe “this is all about economic interests,” and human rights are being cast aside.

He said President Obama assured him that “the topic of freedom for Cuba and human rights will always be on the negotiating table with Raúl Castro.”

Father Domínguez said he reiterated his desire that the Cuban people will soon enjoy “those same rights we enjoy here in the U.S.”

Then he invited the president “to say a prayer to the Holy Spirit in front of Our Lady of Charity, asking the Holy Spirit to enlighten you, to protect your family and to protect the United States of America.”

That’s when, together, the priest, the president and Brito prayed the Our Father. Then the president “lit a candle in front of the virgin,” Father Dominguez said, and stood for a minute in silent prayer.

As for the faithful gathered there, the priest noted, “there was total silence in the shrine.”

Before President Obama left, Father Domínguez presented him with a painting of Our Lady of Charity inscribed with these words: “That you may remember what Cubans ask of Our Lady of Charity.”

He also pointed out the seawall — malecón in Spanish — built behind the shrine, which sits on the edge of Biscayne Bay. The wall is a small-scale replica of Havana’s famous malecón.

“Perhaps someday soon you will be able to see the original one,” Father Domínguez told the president. “I hope,” he said the president responded.

Looking back on the moment, Father Domínguez seemed clearly amazed. “Only in the United States that’s possible,” he repeated in accented English. “Incredible, incredible. Only in this country.”

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