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An important face is still missing, though. Cespedes hasn't seen his 3-year-old son, Yoenis Jr., in two years, and he is working to bring him to the United States, even if only for one brief visit at a time. Until then, Cespedes will keep him engaged on the phone every so often.
In October, following an extensive stay in the Dominican Republic, they were captured in a raid and detained as illegal immigrants in the Turks and Caicos Islands, falling under suspicion of being the subject of a human trafficking ring, according to the Turks and Caicos Sun.
Today, they are in Miami,
It seems highly unlikely that Cespedes' family was issued U.S. visas while in the Turks & Caicos illegally, especially if they were in detention in the Turks & Caicos. But somehow, Cespedes knew in advance that his family would be arriving "by ship" on Saturday. Very strange.
Why? They were apprehended in October and it is now March. Seems like plenty of time for a person of means to arrange visas for his family.
Is it different if you're from Cuba?
I don't know that Cespedes' family doesn't have visas, but the story, as reported, is very strange. Among other oddities, if they had visas, why would they take a 600-mile boat ride from the Turks & Caicos instead of flying? I can't remember the last time I heard of someone emigrating to the U.S., legally, by boat.
Would they splash it all over media if they were in the US illegally?
Where did you read about a boat? It wasn't in the linked article.
Here, here, and here, among others. The last one, in particular, makes it seem unlikely they had visas, unless the various details were misreported.
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