Cuban Immigrants Face Resentment in Texas Over ‘Preferential Treatment’

Cubans wait on the steps of Cubanos en Libertad for family members to pass through the port of entry in Laredo, Texas. Photograph: Ilana Panich-Linsman/New York Times/Redux /eyevine
Q24N (The Guardian) As if it were promoting tourist excursions, a banner above a bureau de change by a border crossing in Laredo offers bus trips to some of the region’s most notable landmarks: its immigrant detention centres.
But the spectre of incarceration is not a worry for the growing numbers of migrants who mount the steps to Alejandro Ruiz’s office above the money exchange, just along from a fried chicken joint and a garish pawn shop. His patrons are Cuban and they enjoy a special status that contrasts with the way that Mexican and Central American asylum-seekers are

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