The Hemisphere: Exodus

Each weekday morning, when the doors of the U.S. consulate in Havana open, a long line of Cubans waits to enter. Their aim: to get out of Castro's Cuba. The consulate issues 200 visas a day, but the demand is so great that applicants now must wait until next May even to get appointments for interviews. The drain on Cuba's supply of trained men—engineers, economists, doctors—last week persuaded Castro to cancel all existing exit permits. Henceforth, those who want to leave home must fill out an elaborately detailed questionnaire. Its aim was plain: to keep tab on those who are getting...

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