Friday, March 17, 2006

ICE on standby at PETCO for Cubans

Here is an article from the Union-Tribune (San Diego) that is probably so blinded by its eagerness to malign Miami Cuban-Americans that forgets that the WBC game where protesters held up ¡Abajo Castro! signs and wore t-shirts spelling out the same actually took place in Puerto Rico. The newspaper cites this event as taking place in Miami. I guess that Miami is the only place that freedom loving Cubans live.
Cuba's Communist government, led by Castro, remains a political hot button for many Americans. When Cuba played in a World Baseball Classic game last week in Miami, a group of people in the stands caused a scuffle when they wore shirts declaring “Abajo Fidel” (Down With Fidel).
But here is the section in the article that really caught my attention, in a positive way, as the Cubans get ready to battle the Dominicans at PETCO Park this Saturday in San Diego.
On a separate issue, the San Diego branch of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is prepared to step in this weekend if needed.

“In immigration-related matters, we would take the lead role,” ICE spokeswoman Lauren Mack said.

In other words, if a foreign ballplayer seeks asylum in San Diego, ICE will provide him with protective custody. Cuban players have defected to the United States in the past, and Cuba has banned those players from its squad.

Whole article.
I'll be at the park with my largest SUV, it sits 8, and the roof rack can accomodate more.

1 comment:

Charlie Bravo said...

Orlando, you don't know how lonely and disconnected I feel up here in the Northeast...
I will live 10 years of my life just to help one player defect!