Operation Pedro Pan immigrants react to Fidel Castro’s death

MIAMI (WSVN) - Reaction to Fidel Castro’s death has continued to pour in, including from those who were brought to South Florida in the early 1960s during Operation Pedro Pan.

Created by the Catholic Welfare Program, the organization was responsible for the exodus of more than 14,000 Cuban children between 1960 and 1962.

In conjunction of the U.S. State Department, Cuban parents were able to send their children to the U.S. with waived visa requirements.

Ilena Fuentes, who came to Miami with the Peter Pan Program in 1961, said Castro’s death brings closure.

Ilena Fuentes
Ilena Fuentes

“Not to celebrate the death of another individual, but a sigh of relief at the disappearance of another tyrant,” said Ilena Fuentes, Director of American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora in Miami.

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