Grant Asylum to Daniel Llorente

Grant Asylum to Daniel Llorente

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Daniel Llorente, a Cuban pro-democracy dissident forcibly expelled to Guyana for “crimes” like waving an American flag, told Breitbart News he fears for his life in Guyana but has no way of leaving.

Llorente neither chose to immigrate to Guyana nor did he flee. He was forced at gunpoint to buy a one-way plane ticket and put on a flight by Cuban state security agents. Guyanese officials never processed him at customs as foreigners properly are. He is neither a refugee nor an immigrant. He does not legally exist in Guyana.

Llorente spent nine years in prison in Cuba on false charges of “obstruction of justice” for displaying an anti-communist poster in 2002. Upon leaving prison, he took to independent activism and branded himself “the man with the flag,” waving an American flag publicly to defy the communist regime.

Llorente reached international prominence in 2007 when he interrupted that year’s May Day parade, a celebration of Marxism on May 1, by running ahead of the scheduled May Day parade waving an American flag. Cuban state security agents beat him on camera and the Castro regime forced him into a mental institution where he says he was drugged and tortured.

Llorente would like to come to America as he has long adored the country, he said, but he refuses to do so illegally. At the U.S. embassy in Georgetown, he says he was told that embassies may no longer process asylum applications. Llorente has not yet attempted to file for refugee status, which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) states can be applied for “only from outside of the United States.”

He also attempted to reach out to Mexican officials for a humanitarian visa, but the embassy would not see him on two occasions.

Source: Frances Martel, March 5, 2020

 

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