Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mariel refugee database goes online May 21

The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald on Friday plan to unveil a database that will list the names of 125,000 Mariel refugees who landed at Key West from April 1980 to September 1980.
What a great idea.
The database will also list the names of the boats that brought the Cubans to Florida.
The Herald today quotes one refugee who spent a decade trying to find the boat that he rode to the U.S. during the Mariel boatlift.
Alfredo Malagon, shown above in a Herald photo, finally tracked down the 72-foot Capt. Cracker boat and now has a miniature version of it in his office. He told the Herald:
Some days I look at that boat and I'm 10 years old and crossing the Florida Straits with my parents. . . . I can even smell the sea air.

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