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Christmas Dreams of Cuban Rafters Crushed By Cruise Ship "Rescue"

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Published on Dec 25, 2011

On December 21, 2011, a Princess cruise ship "rescued" 20 Cubans, including 9 children. CBS affiliate KPHO Channel 5 in Scottsdale Arizona reports that three families from ages 3 to 80 were picked up by the Princess cruise ship on its way back from the Panama Canal. A Scottsdale man vacationing on the cruise ship captured the event on camera.

The Cuban escapees tried to make it to American land. Cruise passenger Nestor Guzman, himself an immigrant, explained that being rescued doesn't mean they were freed, because the Cuban refugees never made it to American soil and were found at sea, they were returned to Cuba. "It was good that they didn't perish in the middle of the ocean." Guzman said

"What is going to happen now that they go back to Cuba? All the dream lost . . . To me especially, being from Latin America it was very emotional because I see the desire to go to the U.S. to be free after all these years, I'm sure all their partners were thinking about their children, we want the kids to be in America."

This is the fifth time this year cruise ships "rescued" Cuban families trying to reach the United States. For additional information, go to:

http://www.cruiselawnews.com/tags/cuba/

Video credit: CBS affiliate KPHO Channel 5

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