When Ramón Saúl Sánchez arrived at Miami International Airport on a flight from Cuba almost 50 years ago, he was just 12 years old, traveling with his younger brother.
On arrival, immigration officials gave both Cuban youths “parole” documents enabling them to stay in the United States as refugees.
Little did they know that the parole documents would later play a pivotal role in the life of one of them, Ramón, who recently joined the ranks of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country after his original arrival parole document either expired or was revoked. In a surprising letter Sánchez received last week, the federal immigration agency also informed him that his 2002 application for residency was denied and asked him to pack his bags and leave the country “as soon as possible.”
Though his Miami immigration attorney, Wilfredo Allen, believes that eventually his client will be granted residence under the Cuban Adjustment Act, Sánchez told el Nuevo Herald Wednesday that if all else fails he will leave the United States and return to Cuba — regardless of the consequences.
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