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lakeway11
Jul 25th, 2003, 02:47 PM
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July 25, 2003

HAVANA - The Cubans who converted a 1951 Chevy pickup into a boat and sailed to within 64 kilometres of Florida said Thursday they were sure that the sheer audacity of their act would guarantee entry into the United States.

But they were spotted in the middle of the Florida Straits by U.S. officials and returned Wednesday to the island.

"We thought that they would let us in because it was so outrageous," Ariel Diego Marcel told Associated Press Television News.

"They told us we would not be able to go to the United States, because it was illegal," added Eduardo Perez Gras, who is unemployed, like most of the rest of the dozen people who tried to get to South Florida on the bright green truck-boat. "We just wanted to be economically free, without problems."

In the group were nine men, two women and a baby.

Perez Gras said his uncle and owner of the truck, Luis Gras Rodriguez, came up with the idea to convert the vehicle into a boat by attaching three empty metal drums on each side to make it float and connecting a propeller attached on the driveshaft to push it along. The truck-boat was powered by the vehicle's vintage engine.

"We arrived at the coast in the same truck and assembled everything in six hours," said Perez Gras, who is in his early 20s. "If they had let us get to Key West, we would have been able to drive it right onto the sand," he said.

Perez Gras said the group was at sea for 31 hours before being spotted last week by a U.S. Customs plane.

The truck was sunk as a hazard to ocean navigation.

Under U.S. immigration policies, Cubans who reach U.S. shores are allowed to stay while those caught at sea are usually returned.

lakeway11
Jul 25th, 2003, 08:29 PM
i really do feel sorry for these people--those yearning for freedom :sad:

lakeway11
Jul 25th, 2003, 08:36 PM
what can be even more worrisome is what happens to these people when they get back to Cuba...i'm sure Castro doesn't look on them very favorab--some get executed

lakeway11
Jul 25th, 2003, 08:45 PM
it's all so ironic that so many of the people who favor lax immigration policies are also the same kind who favor big government/collectivism...it seems like a good thesis to explain such

lakeway11
Jul 25th, 2003, 08:57 PM
being a part of the Buchanan Brigade I do also...my concern is with those people to have so much to offer in life that don't get the chance...the criminals and beggers and looters I don't have much concern with

Car Key Boi
Jul 25th, 2003, 09:01 PM
those assholes had no chance of slipping by the Miami coastguard

Coastguard would have been alerted by the sunlight reflecting off that DEEP SCRAAAATCH that 'someone' has gouged out on the hood on the Chevy

- Car Key Boi :cool:

lakeway11
Jul 25th, 2003, 09:11 PM
CKB...please just leave my new car alone :rolleyes:

Car Key Boi
Jul 25th, 2003, 09:24 PM
CKB...please just leave my new car alone :rolleyes:

sorry, no can do, i give no favors when it comes to keying up someone's paint job, everyone is a legitimate target

i suggest yuo take out additional insurance

- Car Key Boi :cool:

Car Key Boi
Jul 25th, 2003, 09:25 PM
lmao! hope you had your life vest on ckb! :wavey:

:kiss: :wavey:

decemberlove
Jul 25th, 2003, 10:48 PM
i really do feel sorry for these people--those yearning for freedom :sad:

one of the few things we agree on :)

i dont think many people know just how bad it is.
theres nothing like hearing from a relative the situation they face over there.

and right now, relations with cuba havent been doing too good. the bush admin recently expelled 14 cuban diplomats on allegations of espionage. thou members in congress have introduced a bill to end the embargo. *fingers crossed

Rocketta
Jul 25th, 2003, 11:14 PM
and right now, relations with cuba havent been doing too good. the bush admin recently expelled 14 cuban diplomats on allegations of espionage. thou members in congress have introduced a bill to end the embargo. *fingers crossed

it's bad all over the world and I'm tired of Cubans getting special treatment because "we" can't stand their government. While other's who "make it to this country" face just as many hardships but get sent away after being put in "prison" oh I mean Immigration camps.

I just want a fair immigration policy that gives everyone a chance to come to this country not just those from the right country. I don't think we should have an open door policy but I mean for the few spots that we let in everyone should have a shot at it not just a select few.

King Satan
Jul 25th, 2003, 11:20 PM
that ride is gangsta! :cool:

antonella
Jul 26th, 2003, 12:06 AM
they were sure that the sheer audacity of their act would guarantee entry into the United States


More like the sheer audacity of being associated with that really bad color combination. :p



Leave it to the Cubans to invent the sea-going low-rider.

decemberlove
Jul 27th, 2003, 05:55 AM
it's bad all over the world and I'm tired of Cubans getting special treatment because "we" can't stand their government. While other's who "make it to this country" face just as many hardships but get sent away after being put in "prison" oh I mean Immigration camps.

I just want a fair immigration policy that gives everyone a chance to come to this country not just those from the right country. I don't think we should have an open door policy but I mean for the few spots that we let in everyone should have a shot at it not just a select few.

special treatment? the us gives cubans special treatment, wet fooy/dry foot i suppose you are talking about, cos we know we are wrong in our economic embargo weve placed on cuba. time for the govt to get over the past and move on. ever think all those cubans wouldnt be trying to leave if it wasnt for the embargo? then we wouldnt even need to give cubans "special treatment".

im with you onthe immigration policy.