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Cablegate: 22 November Repatriation of Cubans At

P 151245Z DEC 08
FM USINT HAVANA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3944
DEPT OF TREASURY WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
CDR USSOUTHCOM MIAMI FL//J5/POLAD/USCG-LNO// PRIORITY
COMNAVBASE GUANTANAMO BAY CU PRIORITY
COMCOGARDGRU KEY WEST FL//OPS// PRIORITY
CCGDSEVEN MIAMI FL PRIORITY

UNCLAS HAVANA 000922


DEPT FOR WHA/CCA, INL/HSTC

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SMIG PREF PREL KCRM CU
SUBJECT: 22 NOVEMBER REPATRIATION OF CUBANS AT
CABANAS

1. USINT officer transferred 12 Cubans from the
U.S. Coast Guard cutter Ocracoke to Cuban
authorities on November 22 without incident.

2. The cutter docked in the Cuban port of Cabanas
at approximately 9:30 am local time to transfer
the migrants. USINT officer briefed the returnees
and provided standard information packets on legal
immigration methods. Officer advised the returnees
that USINT officers would attempt to contact them
in the next several months to assess their well
being, including visiting some Havana-based
returnees in their homes. Returnees were also
advised that they could meet with a U.S. official
at the Refugee Annex Fridays 10 am to discuss
specific claims of harm, including retaliatory
acts such as being unjustly dismissed from
one's job, being frequently detained by police,
or being the target of public acts of repudiation.

3. No returnees protested the repatriation to
USINT or USCG personnel. The cutter departed
without incident. The returnees were met by
Ministry of Foreign Relations (MINREX) and
Ministry of Interior (MININT) officials for
transport to a Cuban Processing Center.

4. The following 12 Cuban returnees were
repatriated. Corrections and/or additions are
in parentheses:

A. Osval Zamoara-Palomino

B. Richard Martin de Castro-Palomino

C. Jesus Rodriguez-Aguila

D. Luis Armentero-Perez (Armentero/not Amentero)

E. Ronald Jorge Quintanilla-Perez

F. Felipe Alfonso-del Toro

G. Joel Lamas-Salabarria (Salabarria/not
Salabrarrias)

H. Alain Torres-Gonzalez (Mantilla/not Metilla)

I. Yosvany Garcia-Santana

J. Leonardo Quintanilla-Perez (Correct address:
Principe # 142 e/ Espada y Hospital, Centro
Habana, Ciudad Habana)

K. Ariel Forcade-Ajete (Correct address:
Libertad # 49 e/ Anita y Mantilla, Arroyo
Naranjo, Ciudad Habana)

L. Marhan Menendez-Rodriguez Marhan/not Morhan)

5. Fiscal Year-to-date total repatriated
Cubans: 162

6. Repatriated Cubans during this month
(November): 64

Farrar

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