Family and friends welcome evacuees from islands affected by Hurricane Maria on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. They arrived to Port Everglades on board Royal Caribbean International's Adventure of the Seas following a humanitarian relief trip to Puerto Rico, St. Croix and St. Thomas.
Family and friends welcome evacuees from islands affected by Hurricane Maria on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. They arrived to Port Everglades on board Royal Caribbean International's Adventure of the Seas following a humanitarian relief trip to Puerto Rico, St. Croix and St. Thomas. Jesus Aranguren AP
Family and friends welcome evacuees from islands affected by Hurricane Maria on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. They arrived to Port Everglades on board Royal Caribbean International's Adventure of the Seas following a humanitarian relief trip to Puerto Rico, St. Croix and St. Thomas. Jesus Aranguren AP

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Fabiola Santiago was born in Cuba. She was exiled to the U.S. in 1969 on one of the historic Freedom Flights. She has been a Herald reporter and editor since 1980.