Alejandro de la Rosa Herrante is one of 123 Cubans who were returned to the island on the first US deportation flight this week.
De la Rosa recalled that day: “They put us on the plane, handcuffed, and they didn’t take our handcuffs off until we got to Cuba.”
Regarding his last night at the Chrome Detention Center, de la Rosa recalls that “at 11 p.m. they dressed us in gray and they took everything from us, the sheets, the sheets, and they kept us in the cold all night Bed with bare mattress”.
But for Alejandro de la Rosa, the nightmare began much earlier, precisely in December last year. “I left on December 3 with my pregnant wife, I spent 20 days traveling.”
With Rachel Vazquez Batista, his wife crossed the border with dreams of a better life for the child she was carrying.
But after he arrived “they separated me and him”.
“They didn’t credibly intimidate me or anything, they did it to her and she denied it,” says Rachel Vazquez Batista, “I spent four days in an ice chest, and I got out with parole.”
De la Rosa recalled, “There they made my fears believable, they wrote on paper what they wanted, it wasn’t what I said…the judge told me I was already deported.” Has been given.”
Immigration lawyer Avelino Gonzalez explains that this is a differential treatment they are doing to many immigrants, “What they are doing is a disaster and they are harassing these people who come looking for freedom and what they find is to start them a Via Crucis legalism that has no end”.
“It is inhumane, it is a violation of rights. It is a violation and it is being done mainly with Cubans”, he pointed out.
The couple never saw each other again, despite her telling authorities that “she was pregnant and had a child.”
Now she is single in Houston, Texas. “I’m 7 months old, I’m desperate because I’m alone here in this country”.
The despair extends to her husband in Cuba, exiled and without hope and whose son will likely be born without her presence.
“Leave my wife seven months pregnant, who has no one there, and I tell them and ask them to see if they can do something for us who are suffering here,” said Alejandro de la Rosa Herrant. Said.