“S.O.S. Please Help Me:” Cuban Migrants Allege Coast Guard Mistreatment


THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION IS INVESTIGATING THEIR MANUFACTURERS FOR SAFETY VIOLATION. NOW AT 5:00, A NEW FIGHT IN THE — QUEST FOR THE FIGHT IF FOR FREEDOM FOR CUBANS WHO TRIED TO MAKE IT TO THE U.S. BY CLIMBING A LIGHTHOUSE. IT COMES IN THE FORM — GARY NELSON LIVE IN MIAMI TONIGHT WITH THE DETAILS. GARY? AND IN IS A PLOT TWIST LIKE SOMETHING RIGHT OUT OF A MOVIE. THOSE REFUGEES ISSUING A PLEA FOR HELP AND COMPLAINING OF ALLEGED ABUSES ONBOARD A COASTGUARD CUTTER. THEIR MESSAGE DELIVERED IN A LETTER IN A BOTTLE. HE HAS BEEN HOME NOW FOR 40 DAYS FOR THE SO HAD F CALLED LIGHTHOUSE 94. TWENTY CUBAN MIGRANTS WHO MADE IT TO A LIGHTHOUSE MILES OFF THE KEYS AND ARE DETAINED BY THE COASTGUARD. THE JUDGE RULED THIS WEEK THE COASTGUARD HAS THE AUTHORITY TO INTERCEPT THE WET FOOT MIGRANTS AND COULD RETURN THEM TO CUBA. PRESENTED IN COURT TODAY, A LETTER LITERALLY IN A BOTTLE FOUND BY A FISCHERMAN WRITTEN BY 1 OF THE MIGRANTS SAYING THEY WERE BEING PHYSICALLY ABUSED SLEEPING ON — SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR AND BEING FED FOOD FIT FOR DOGS. THEIR ATTORNEYS SAY THE ALLEGATIONS ARE ALL THE REASON THEY SHOULD NOT BE RETURNED TO CUBA. WE WOULD HAVE RATHER HAD THE REMAINS AS MATERIAL WITNESSES, BUT WE WERE TOLD THAT THE INTERVIEWS DID PROMISE TO PROVE INEST THE LIGHTHOUSE REFUGEE’S LAWYERS ASKED TO BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK WITH THEM BY RADIO OR PHONE. THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE DESPERATELY REACHING OUT TO COUNCIL, AND WE THINK IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO OUR CLIENTS. THE ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY ARGUED THE MIGRANTS ARE NOT CITIZENS TO HAVE NO RIGHT TO LEGAL COUNCIL, NO RIGHTS AT ALL. THE RELATIVES HERE FEELING HOPELESS ADMITTING TO A DISTURBING LETTER IN A BOTTLE AND COURT RULINGS THAT HAVE GONE AGAINST THEM. FERNANDO ALVAREZ HAS CUTTER ON THE LEFT. AND GOOD FRIENDS. WE ARE HELPFUL WITH ENTERTAINING THE UNITED STATES, AND NOW SO WE SAW ALL THE HELP GOING DOWN. THE JUDGE TOLD THE COAST GUARD TODAY HE CAN’T ME VENT THEM FROM RETURNING THE MIGRANTS TO CUBA. WILL THESE MIGRANTS WILL THE ATTORNEYS BE ALLOWED TO TALK WITH THEM ON SOME

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