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Cablegate: 29 September Repatriation of Cubans at Cabanas

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PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHUB #0602 2751849
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 021849Z OCT 09
FM USINT HAVANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4808
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RHMFISS/CDR USSOUTHCOM MIAMI FL//J5/POLAD/USCG-LNO// PRIORITY
RUCOGCA/COMNAVBASE GUANTANAMO BAY CU PRIORITY
RUCTFOA/COMCOGARDGRU KEY WEST FL//OPS// PRIORITY
RUCOWCV/CCGDSEVEN MIAMI FL PRIORITY
RHEFHLC/DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS HAVANA 000602

DEPT FOR WHA/CCA, INL/HSTC, CA/FPP

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SMIG PREF PREL KCRM CU
SUBJECT: 29 SEPTEMBER REPATRIATION OF CUBANS AT CABANAS

1. USINT officer transferred 3 Cubans from the
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island to Cuban authorities
on September 29 without incident.

2. The Cutter Kodiak Island docked in the Cuban port of Cabanas
at approximately 10:00 am local time to transfer
the migrant. 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.

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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 3 Cuban returnees were
repatriated. Corrections and/or additions are
in parentheses:

A. Rodolfo Blanco-Pardo

B. Alexis Leyva-Perez (Leyva/not Leyua)

C. Pedro Granadia-Escobar

5. Repatriated Cubans during this month: 34

Farrar

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