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Mexico Deports Cubans after Beating and Requesting Extortion Money from them

Posted by FactReal on June 1, 2011

On May 25, 2011, the Miami Herald[1] reported on their Spanish edition how Mexico deported a Cuban girl even though she could face retaliation from the Cuban government for daring to escape the island without permission from her masters. Communist regimes think they own you. If you challenge them or escape from their grip, these Marxist goons think they can punish you whichever way they choose. Here is a rush translation:

Yanisleidys Pineda Nápoles

MEXICO CITY – After a year and a month of being detained in the Mexican immigration prisons, after obtaining three injunctions of justice against officials of the National Migration Institute (INM) and after receiving a statement certifying that she could not be returned to Cuba, Yanisleidys Pineda Nápoles was deported to Havana.

At 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Mexican immigration agents bursted into her room at the detention facility Iztapalapa, in the east of the capital. They took her out without any explanation, said her sister, Yanicel Dolphie Nápoles, who lives in New Jersey. They later returned to collect her belongings and six hours later they put her on a flight to her Cuban hometown. […]

Pineda had won in Mexico a case proving she had been the victim of extortion in the immigration station in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. […]

Based on previous cases, Pineda’s attorney, Lopez Ferrer, said she could be detained by the Cuban State Security. She might also be left at liberty on condition that she’d report weekly to the authorities or she could be sent back to Mexico.

On Tuesday, the relatives in Cuba did not know of his whereabouts.

López Ferrer said she could have been deported in order to punish the Cubans who have not accepted to give extortion payments to Mexican authorities.

On Nov. 15, 2010, El Nuevo Herald reported how Mexico abused Pineda and other Cubans:[2]
On Oct. 26, Yanisleidys Pineda Nápoles turned 20 years old. Her birthday gifts — the only items allowed to enter Iztapalapa’s Migratory Station — were a towel, a tube of toothpaste, a brush and a roll of sanitary paper.

She has spent six months in Mexican migratory prisons and, even though she is no longer deportable since she left Cuba more than a year ago, she doesn’t know how long the Mexican authorities will keep her in detention.

Hers is not an isolated case. In the past two years, after the Memorandum of Understanding between Cuba and Mexico was signed on Oct. 28, 2008, the passing of Cubans through this country en route to the United States has turned into a riskier and more expensive adventure.

Non-government organizations, such as Amnesty International, Without Borders and the Cuban-Mexican Civic Association, keep records of abuse, torture and extortion of Cubans by the Mexican authorities of the National Institute of Migration, the Navy, the Federal Patrol Police, the District Attorney’s Office and even the federal, state and city police, not to mention kidnappings by organized crime. […]

The methods keep getting more sophisticated and they go from mental and physical torture to bribe demands or “passing fees” in cash, money orders or bank transfers.

Yanisleidys and her partner, Alexander Castillo Valdés, left Cuba at the end of 2009 with a letter of invitation to Ecuador. From there they went to Sanzurro, Colombia. Then they paid $4,000 to two Dominicans who owned a fishing boat to take them to the shores of Cancún on April 29 of this year. That is where their five-day ordeal through Mexico led by a Guatemalan coyote began.

Yanisleidys is following the steps of her sister, Yanicel Dolphie Nápoles, who lives in New Jersey and traveled the same journey five years ago. Yanicel sent $2,500 to the couple to leave Cancún and the same amount to go through Mexico City.

“Everything was going well until the taxi in which we were traveling crashed on its way to the New Laredo [Tamaulipas] border and the Mexican authorities turned us over to migration,” Yanisleidys said.

They were victims of extortion at the station. First, the local migration deputy officer asked them for $8,000 to give them an exit permit, a document that would allow them to travel 30 days through Mexican territory until they reached the United States.

Since they could not come up with the money, the officer tried to make them sign a deportation order with the approval of the Cuban consulate and threatened to turn them over to organized crime.

Through their lawyer, Eduardo Matías López Ferrer, who has been helping Cubans in Mexico for more than a decade, they were granted a permit. Nonetheless, they were taken out of their cells every morning to talk on the phone to an officer, who presented himself as an employee of the Migration headquarters in Mexico City and who asked them for money for their release.

According to Castillo, this person said that he “had their files and could decide whether to release them or deport them.”
Castillo said he had seen and heard employees in civil clothes beating Cubans on the soccer field of the Iztapalapa Migratory Station after receiving their order of deportation.

That was the case of Leonel, a Cuban athlete who was deported to Cuba after being taken out at 5 a.m. and beaten at the Iztapalapa station.

“I cried that night,” Castillo said. “I couldn’t sleep hearing the screaming and the beating.”

Mora, the social communication director of the Institute of Migration, responded to these accusations through the Mexican newsweekly, Proceso.

“All foreigners, Cubans or otherwise, who are undocumented in national territory, are immediately secured and their return to their countries of legal residence is expedited,” he said. “The Institute has established security measures to give special follow-up to each case in order to guarantee their rights during their stay and repatriation.” […]

Diana Martínez, an official with the organization Without Borders, based in Mexico City, reiterates that Migration has not behaved according to the norms they themselves established.

She made reference to the case of a Cuban named Mario, who was detained in Mexico City and transferred to Chihuahua, where he was persuaded to stop a hunger strike he had launched to protest his situation.

After being beaten, Mario was deported to Cuba in the back of a plane covered by a blanket “to hide the blood, as if he had been kidnapped,” Martínez said.

1. México deporta a joven cubana, May 25, 2011
2. Cuban migrants report abuses in Mexico, November 15, 2010
(Spanish): Cubanos en México son extorsionados, November 14, 2010

One Response to “Mexico Deports Cubans after Beating and Requesting Extortion Money from them”

  1. We are fools for not treating Mexican immigrants the same way . What is good foe the goose is good for the gander .

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