José Antonio Amaro Reyes

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Current Name
Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
José Antonio Amaro Reyes
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Tuesday, August 14, 1962
Relocated To
CWB Matecumbe

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Nací en el antiguo municipio de Holguín de la antigua provincia de Oriente en el año 1948. Fui bauti...

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Dear fellow Pedro Pans and friends, please, do not forget to visit the OPPGI's Facebook webpage at the link provided below for additional information on Operation Pedro Pan. Among other things, it is designed to dispel the following competing myths advanced and widely disseminated by the Cuban government and the pro-Castro Left with the purpose of undermining the operation's humanitarian objectives: 1) Operation Pedro Pan was a CIA-orchestrated operation rather than one created by the Catholic Church in Miami, with visa support from the US Department of State and financial assistance of the federal government's via the US Program for Unaccompanied Cuban Children, at the request of parents to prevent the communist indoctrination of their children by the Cuban government; 2) most Operation Pedro Pan children never reunited with their parents by ignoring the "Memorandum of Understading" signed between the Lyndon Johnson Administration and the Cuban government for the 1965-1973 Freedom Flights, which stipulated that the kin of unaccompanied Cuban children in the United States should be given exit priority by the Cuban gvernment. By the end of the flights in 1973, all, but for approximately 300 Pedro Pans, had been reunited with their parents; and 3) with the exception of a very small minority most Pedro Pan children never achieved middle class status, having failed to attain any significant level of professional success in the United States.

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Dec 19th 2011

Thanks for letting me know that I had Peru instead of Peoria. I knew the orphanage was in Peoria, but put the wrong town. Yes, Willy is my cousin, his dad and my mother were siblings.

Message by Edelberto Cabrera | Dec 9th 2011

Peggy Guarch, helped husband "George" transport Operation Pedro Pan children, dead at 87.

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Nov 21st 2011

WATCH OSCAR PICHARDO'S PRESENTATION! Pedro Pan Oscar Pichardo of California's Cuban Kids from the 60s Exodus made an excellent presentation detailing the various historical events that compelled parents to send their children to the US through Operation Pedro Pan. He sought to dispel many of the misconceptions fabricated and advanced by ideologues and critics with the purpose of undermining the humanitarian objectives of the operation. The presentation took place on October 25 (2011) at Marymount College in Rancho Palos Verdes, southern California. A video of the presentation is available at and it can be accessed by copying and pasting to your browser the link provided below :

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Oct 29th 2011

HI Jose Antonio, emailed you a couple of days ago regarding the presentation i did this past Tuesday.... wondering if you got the email and attachment... OBP Osacr B. Pichardo

Message by Oscar Pichardo Busquets | Oct 28th 2011

Jose Thank you for your warm welcome, what a wonderful day for me to connect with people I have such a strong shared experience in common. I feel humbled an honored, God bless you!

Message by Ralph Teran | Oct 27th 2011

Jose Antonio, este es Billy Espinosa, solo unas lineas para dejarte saber que estare asistiendo al evento PP el fin de semana del 18/19 de Noviembre, estare hospedado en el hotel. Me gustaria verte y poder saludarte, enviame tu correo personal pues se me borro con problemas con mi computadora. Abrazos, Billy Espinosa

Message by Billy Espinosa | Oct 25th 2011

Jose Antonio, as of now I haven't received any pictures. I visited Spokane in 1996, the college and Gonzaga Univerity looked the same as in 1962-66. By the way.. what made you look up my sister and I ? Looking forward to the pictures from Spokane. Were you in Spokane ? Saludos, Zeida

Message by Zeida Rife - Kirik | Oct 2nd 2011

Jose Antonio, gracias, ya pude leer el articulo, mi e-mail es me gustaria ver las fotos que tu mencionas. Encantada de conocerte via Pedro Pan. ? Como me encontraste ?Saludos Zeida

Message by Zeida Rife - Kirik | Oct 2nd 2011

No pude encontrar el periodico que tiene el articulo, trate muchos de Spokane sin resultado. Me gustaria leer el articulo, si puedes dime cual periodico es. Gracias

Message by Zeida Rife - Kirik | Oct 2nd 2011

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