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Repatriation or a sentence?

Cuban migrants been held as detainees at the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) say a grim future waits them in their home land.

Once deported the detainees say they will lose everything, from their jobs to their homes, and so they are pleading to be set free so they can continue on with their journey to America.

“In Cuba they say that nothing happens there, but they will keep an eye on us and reprimand us. They take our work and everything from us. We get a fine. They say they don’t but that’s what they really do,” said one migrant.

The Memorandum of Understanding between Cayman and Cuba, means the hands of government and immigration officials are tied. No aid can be offered to the migrants, and if they step foot on land they will have to be detained and later repatriated.

The migrants told us they stopped in Cayman Brac seeking help and fuel, instead they were transported to the IDC. But with the centre becoming crowded with more and more migrants, deportation draws closer and closer on horizon for them all.

About the author

Andrel Harris

Andrel Harris

After completing high school in Cayman, Andrel Harris joined the news team as a Reporter Trainee in 2013. Now he serves as a reporter/producer, as well as the 'Cayman 27 Today' anchor. He also contributes to the talk shows and present weather forecasts. He hails from the district of North Side.

"Working with Cayman 27 has been a rewarding and eye opening experience. Through the power of the media, I've been able to help give a voice to the people living in Cayman." - Andrel Harris

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