are among the Cuban doctors stuck in Colombia.(Fernando Vergara / Associated Press)
The LA times (via the Sun Sentinel) sheds light on the Cuban Doctor’s Asylum program fiasco via the Sun Sentinel.
While we applaud the administration’s attempt to free the Cuban Missionary Doctors from their indentured servitude, but we condemn the lack of an effective plan to live up to the promise of asylum made by last summer’s invitation.
What seems to be the root of the problem , according to local sources, is that the Cuban doctor’s program are very popular in the host countries. In the host countries doctors and other health care professionals who have invested a lot of time and money in an education, don’t want to practice in impoverished, remote and or dangerous areas and since the host countries have at least some vestiges of human rights, the native doctors cannot be forced to work there. Cuban doctors, like all Cubans are slaves to the Cuban regime so they are sent to do the work that natives wont do. Providing Havana with hard currency and propaganda. The American diplomats stationed in embassies in the host countries don’t want to starin relation with the hosts government so they are “reluctant” “hesitant” and “less than cooperative in Cuban Doctors asylum cases.
U.S. leaves Cuban physicians in limbo
BARRANQUILLA, COLOMBIA — Family practitioner Alberto Hernandez suffers anxiety attacks. Dentist Norah Garcia is prone to bouts of uncontrollable sobbing.
General practitioner Cesar Fernandez, 31, has high blood pressure.
They are among the tens of thousands of doctors, nurses, surgeons and dentists
dispatched from their Cuban homeland as medical missionaries to some of the world's poorest countries, in the process earning hard currency for the communist regime. But instead of providing much-needed healthcare, they have been caught up in a wider struggle between leftist Latin American leaders and the Bush aministration.
Last summer, the administration announced that any Cuban medical professional sent abroad was eligible for political asylum. Frustrated with their efforts in a program that took them to Venezuela's barrios, or hoping to start a new life in the United States, dozens of Cuban healthcare professionals sneaked across the Colombian border.
Now they're holed up in Colombia, unable to work, while U.S. authorities mull
whether to accept them as political refugees.