The first contingent of 880 U.S. citizens--whom Premier Fidel Castro is allowing to leave Cuba,?
The first contingent of 880 U.S. citizens--whom Premier Fidel Castro is allowing to leave Cuba, arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana, (USA) Thursday (Dec 29). It was the first time they had been back in the U.S. since Premier Castro took over control of Cuba, more than seven years ago.
The 169 men, women and children, were flown Wednesday (Dec 28) from Havana to Meridia, Mexico, where they staved overnight. The next day they were transported to New Orleans, where they were welcomed back to their homeland. After processing through immigration and customs the repaitriates boarded planes for Miami, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and elsewhere for reunions with relatives and friends.
Most of them would not speak of hardships in Cuba. They feared their statements might endanger efforts by the U.S. State Department through the Mexican government, to bring the remaining U.S. citizens and their kin to the United States.
Many of the repaitriates had only one hours notice that they were leaving Cuba for the United States. As a result, they left most of their possessions behind.