With the defection of Cuban band leader Isaac Delgado now six months old the true reason the famous Cuban musician and his family took advantage of ‘dry foot’ laws allowing Cubans who arrive to American soil to stay is apparent. In an article published in the Florida Sun-Sentinel on June 21st, Delgado says he came to the United States to try his hand in a broader market and escape a communist system that encroached on personal freedoms. Yeah right!!
I think its fair if we translate Delgado’s statement into non political rhetoric what Delgado is saying is he came here to make money! I have no issue with any human being attempting to make his life and his family’s life better. I think we should welcome anyone to this country who wants the opportunity to do this. But why do Cuban’s get the ‘dry foot’ privilege and not rural Africans or poor Latino campesino’s or peasants from Vietnam? Clearly the reason is United States politics not Cuban.
It is estimated that 95% or more of the Cuban’s wishing to defect to the United States do so for economic and not political reasons. My wife a Cubana estimates that 99% of Cubans wishing to come to the United States do so for economic reasons only. Again, I have no problem with this. Let them in! My problem is with the hypocritical United States policy which favors Cubans because of so called Communist dictatorial political oppression.
The truth is that musicians in Cuba are treated very well. Like baseball players and dancers they receive privileges that others do not. They don’t make big bucks but they certainly freely express and do not seem to need to “escape a communist system that encroaches on personal freedoms”. The only encroachment Delgado felt was on his pocketbook. Laborers in Cuba have it much tougher. In fact Delgado’s musical style is quite edgy and may have to be toned down to be received by American ears. Ironically his musical ‘personal freedom’ may suffer here more than in Cuba in order to go for the big bucks he’s after.
Again, I welcome Delgado and wish him success. I only wish that the hypocrisy that entitles Cubans the luxury of American life would be as openly gifted unto other cash poor peoples.