August 26, 2004


Cuban woman ships herself to Miami in a wooden crate (LUISA YANEZ, 8/26/04, Miami Herald)

Workers on the late shift at a DHL warehouse at Miami International Airport were processing cargo from a Nassau-to-Miami flight when they heard a voice coming from a plywood crate.

Apprehensively, they approached and pried open the package.

A young Cuban woman unfolded herself from her cramped position and stepped out into the night air, in good condition.

In a twist on a 40-year-old tradition that usually involves rafts or speedboats, she had entered the United States by stuffing herself, a jug of water and a cellphone into a crate not much bigger than a small filing cabinet and having herself shipped.

The gamble paid off. The woman, still not publicly identified, will be allowed to stay in this country under the wet-foot, dry-foot policy that allows undocumented Cubans who reach U.S. soil to avoid immediate deportation, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday.

Officials hope the practice doesn't catch on.

Then drop the vile "wet foot" proviso or get rid of Castro.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 26, 2004 10:38 AM

That whole "wet foot" idea is abhorent, and the moral midget who thought it up should be canned forthwith.

Posted by: Roy Jacobsen at August 26, 2004 11:15 AM

"Box" Brown would be proud

Posted by: cornetofhorse at August 26, 2004 1:20 PM

The shocking thing here is that Cuba has cell phones.

Posted by: John at August 26, 2004 2:21 PM

I haven't read the article, because I refuse to register. Was she really able to ship herself from Cuba to Miami without anyone inspecting the crate before it got here? If so, shouldn't that bother us?

Posted by: David Cohen at August 26, 2004 2:27 PM