Bridge migrants wait for approval to leave

May 16, 2006

Miami Herald- Andrea Rodriguez

HAVANA - Cuban migrants sent home after reaching an abandoned bridge in the Florida Keys said Monday they are becoming frustrated waiting for final Cuban government approval to leave for good.

Members of the group were traveling from the central province of Matanzas, where they live, to Havana, where they will seek an appointment early today at the U.S. Interests Section, migrant Ernesto Hernández said by telephone.

'It has been 48 days -- we have the U.S. visa, we have passports,' said Hernández. He said all they lack now is the 'white card,' the exit permit that Cubans must get from the communist-run government to leave the island.

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