South Florida can breathe a sigh of relief this morning, maybe.
Yesterday, the Sun Sentinel, in its continuing public service to ally the Cubanophobia that’s gripping South Florida, reassured the popolation that we're ready for a mass exodus out of the tropical concentration camp a few miles south of here.
The city of Miami was trying to “contain” any possible celebrations by offering up a venue where Cubans could go and celebrate quietly and out of sight so as not to “offend” anybody.
The rest of South Florida is gripped in a collective paranoia over the possibility of a “mass exodus” out of the concentration camp once Fidel dies.
The U.S. government is ready to stop a mass migration of Cubans to Florida's shores when President Fidel Castro dies, two lawmakers said Wednesday after meeting with military and homeland-security officials.
U.S. Rep. John Mica of Winter Park, the top Republican on the House Transportation Committee, organized the closed-door meeting to find out whether the Coast Guard and other Homeland Security agencies are prepared.
Mica said he was satisfied with what he heard. U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, agreed. The U.S. will not lose control of its borders, Diaz-Balart said. "That's just not an option."
Et tu, Brute?
A full-scale exercise, with role-playing of migrants landing in the U.S. and being interdicted at sea will be conducted March 7-8.
O'Neil said the government has learned lessons from the 1980 Mariel boatlift, in
which Castro allowed more than 100,000 people to come to Florida, as well as smaller influxes of Cubans in 1994 and 2004.
But Andy Gomez, assistant provost of the University of Miami and a scholar on Cuban issues who has met with federal officials about their plan, said they may be underestimating the fallout from Castro's death.
Gomez said as many as 500,000 Cubans could end up fleeing if social and political unrest breaks out on the island just 90 miles from Florida
Upon Castro's death, Gomez said, his brother likely would be given about six months to try to improve the lot of Cubans' lives before people begin to flee en masse.Aricle Here
Nobody asked Gusano, a Cuban Refugee from Davie, Florida, about the situation.
But Gusano would have said that the best way to have a stable Cuba and prevent a mass exodus would be to send a couple of aircraft carriers and a marine expeditionary unit.
In heavily accented English Mr. Gusano would have said “Once the Dog is Dead, The Rabies is Gone”