From the Sun Sentinel:

For years, anti-Castro activist Ramon Saul Sanchez has claimed his right to return to his Cuban homeland in defiance of the U.S. government’s attempts to stop him. Now the same country that prosecuted Sanchez to keep him out of Cuban territorial waters is going to court to determine if he should be sent back to Cuba…This fall, an immigration judge will determine whether he has a right to stay in the United States.

…when he showed up at the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Sanchez said immigration officials arrested him on suspicion of being in the country illegally and told him to appear before an immigration judge to sort out his status. He was released on his own recognizance.

Sanchez doesn’t think he’ll be deported to Cuba, but says it’s up to the conscience of U.S. officials. “When I wanted to exercise my right to return home, you detained me and you wanted to put me in prison for 10 years,” he said. “Now you’re coming back and saying ‘I’m going to deport you, handcuffed, and return you to Fidel Castro.’ I’m not going to encourage you to do that but I’m not going to resist you.” [“Cuban activist faces immigration hearing”, Sun Sentinel, June 7, 2003]

Hat Tip: Jim Woods.


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