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December 24, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Cuban refugees reaching the United States illegally will be sent back to Cuba from now on, U.S. immigration officials said. The controversial move, discussed for several months, marks the end of a policy of virtually automatic asylum for Cubans and has angered Cuban exiles in the United States. Lemar Wooley, an Immigration and Naturalization Service spokesman, said the Miami immigration office has received the new instructions. They went into effect immediately, retroactive to Dec. 6.
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September 22, 2000 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lost, confused and running low on fuel, the pilot of the stolen crop duster deliberately crashed the aging biplane next to a freighter in the Gulf of Mexico. Seconds later Pabel Puig and his younger brother Judel were in the water, pulling the other eight Cubans out of the wreckage. The Soviet-built biplane floated for a few minutes, and everyone--including three children--got out. "Go!
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June 5, 1994 | From Associated Press
Cuban gunboats fired for more than four hours Saturday on a Cuban freighter loaded with Florida-bound refugees who reportedly hijacked the vessel. Seven people were injured, one critically. Four of the wounded, including the ship's captain, were taken by Coast Guard helicopters to Key West Memorial Hospital. Three people who were hurt scrambling for cover during the shooting were treated on the ship, Coast Guard officials said.
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September 21, 2000 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One day after a small plane with 10 Cubans aboard crashed at sea, exile groups and Cuban American politicians were gearing up Wednesday for a major test of U.S. immigration policy that many here believe was hijacked by Fidel Castro during the struggle over Elian Gonzalez. Because they were picked up at sea, the nine survivors of the clandestine flight could be returned to Cuba under the terms of a 1994 accord with the communist nation.
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August 22, 1991 | LEE MAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of Cuban inmates fighting deportation to their homeland took over part of a federal prison Wednesday and were holding 11 hostages, authorities said. One worker at the Talladega Federal Correctional Institution was injured slightly in the takeover, officials said. Prison officials described the area seized by the inmates as a housing unit known as "Alpha Unit."
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November 25, 1987 | LEE MAY and TAMARA JONES, Times Staff Writers
Cuban inmates in control of two federal prisons released seven hostages Tuesday but seized 25 more hostages early today at a prison hospital, despite a promise by Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III to delay deportations. The hospital at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary apparently had been isolated since the takeover began Monday. One of the 25 seized there was quickly released because of a medical problem, said Sylvia Simons, a federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman in Washington.
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August 23, 1994 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Military strategists said Monday that there probably is only one effective way to stop the flow of refugees from Cuba: Impose a naval blockade around the island and stop all vessels and aircraft that might be carrying would-be immigrants. A blockade worked in Cuba in 1962, when the United States "quarantined" the island to prevent further delivery of Soviet missiles to the regime of Fidel Castro. It has generally worked to embargo trade in Bosnia, Iraq and Haiti.
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May 2, 1991 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
About the same time that 452 Haitian refugees were disembarking Wednesday from the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Tahoma in Port-au-Prince, Haiti--after failing in their attempt to sail into Florida--11 Cuban rafters who had been plucked from the sea hours earlier were being released to relatives in Miami. This year, 448 Cubans have crossed the Florida Straits, many on crude boats fashioned from inner tubes. Most have been rescued at sea, either by the U.S. Coast Guard or private vessels.
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August 21, 1994 | JIM MANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ever since the end of the Cold War, U.S. foreign policy and intelligence officials have talked quietly about possible scenarios for the downfall of Fidel Castro's Cuban regime, which had long depended on economic subsidies from the former Soviet Union. "How do you deal with the end of it (Castro's government)?" mused one U.S. official last year. "Do you keep the pressure on or do you suddenly release it?" Another senior official suggested that an easing of the U.S.
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September 21, 2000 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One day after a small plane with 10 Cubans aboard crashed at sea, exile groups and Cuban American politicians were gearing up Wednesday for a major test of U.S. immigration policy that many here believe was hijacked by Fidel Castro during the struggle over Elian Gonzalez. Because they were picked up at sea, the nine survivors of the clandestine flight could be returned to Cuba under the terms of a 1994 accord with the communist nation.
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September 20, 2000 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nine Cubans attempting to flee the communist island in an aging crop duster were rescued at sea Tuesday after the single-engine Soviet-built biplane apparently ran out of fuel and plunged into the Gulf of Mexico. The body of a 10th person was pulled from the ocean about 60 miles west of Cuba, where a passing freighter found the survivors clinging to the plane's wreckage. U.S.
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June 29, 2000 | ANNA M. VIRTUE and MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It's over. Even as the plane carrying Elian Gonzalez passed overhead unseen on its flight to Cuba, those exiles who fought for more than seven months to keep the child in the U.S. acknowledged defeat with a mix of frustration and anger. But they knew: It's over. "At the beginning, I thought Elian should stay in this country because his mother struggled so much to get him here," said Hilda Vallejo, 24, a Cuban-born secretary. "Now, I feel it's so political. Let him go . . .
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June 25, 2000 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Glynis Guerra Eligiga took the stand as the government's star witness against two Cuban Americans accused of profiting from human despair, she seemed almost as terrified as she had been the day she watched her family die beneath the smugglers' boat.
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June 16, 2000 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Miami relatives of Elian Gonzalez returned to a federal appeals court Thursday and asked the judges to reconsider their refusal to grant the 6-year-old Cuban boy an asylum hearing. The latest attempt to block Elian's return to Cuba came in a motion for a rehearing filed just hours before a deadline set by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. Two weeks ago, those judges ruled that the U.S.
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June 15, 2000 | From Reuters
The Miami relatives of Cuban castaway Elian Gonzalez, launching a final effort to keep him in the country, said Wednesday they will ask a U.S. appeals court to review a ruling that upheld the government's stance that he should return to Cuba. A spokesman said the relatives, who have battled to keep the 6-year-old from being returned to the communist island since he was rescued at sea in November, would petition for a rehearing by the 11th U.S.
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June 2, 2000 | MIKE CLARY and ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The father of Elian Gonzalez took a big step toward returning to Cuba with his son Thursday when a federal appellate panel ruled that immigration officials acted reasonably in denying the 6-year-old child an asylum hearing. The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta was a victory for the Clinton administration in its efforts to resolve the bitter international custody battle. The case has exacerbated tensions between the U.S.
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May 29, 1990 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ten years ago this month the waters of the Florida Straits churned in prop chop. Thunderstorms occasionally raked the seas with lightning and water spouts, but nothing shut down the 100-mile shuttle between Key West and the Cuban port of Mariel. People who had never been to sea in their lives hung over the sides of shrimpers and yachts with names they didn't know, sick from motion and anxiety. But still they kept coming.
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August 20, 1994 | JOHN M. BRODER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an announcement that stunned Cubans and their relatives in this country, President Clinton said Friday that refugees from Fidel Castro's communist nation will no longer receive preferential treatment from the United States or special help in resettling in this country. "Today I have ordered that illegal refugees from Cuba will not be allowed to enter the United States," he declared. He ordered the Coast Guard--backed by the Navy--to interdict refugees at sea and take them to the U.S.
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June 1, 2000 | From Associated Press
A ruling in the Elian Gonzalez case is expected today from a federal appeals court in Atlanta, police said Wednesday. Miami police had requested advance notice of the decision to prepare for possible protests from the Cuban American community. "It's confirmed. There's going to be an announcement of the decision tomorrow sometime, probably in the morning," spokesman Lt. Bill Schwartz said in an interview with Associated Press.
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May 17, 2000 | From Associated Press
If Elian Gonzalez returns to Cuba, his father will be powerless to stop the communist regime from sending the 6-year-old to work camps, lawyers for Elian's Miami relatives said Tuesday. In a 25-page court filing, the lawyers asked the three federal appeals judges handling Elian's case to reject an attempt by his father to replace the Miami relatives as the adult who speaks for Elian.
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