Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Antonio Guerrero, cont.

Life for Antonio and his family during the early Castro years was comfortable. His grandfather and father worked together and Antonio shared a rather large home in Havana with his maternal grandparents, his parents and his sister. However, Antonio’s grandfather died in 1969 and his father died the following year of a heart attack, at the age of 44. Antonio’s mother had always been a housewife but she now needed to seek employment and the family needed to move to smaller quarters. Antonio remembers sharing a room with his mother and sister for sometime. However, Antonio continued to study and excel in school. By the time he finished high school, he was chosen to attend a special vocational school and was assigned to the construction/architectural group.
Antonio had always wanted to be a civil engineer.
In July 1978, just short of his 20th birthday, Antonio left Cuba to study in Kiev. Russia and
Cuba had an exchange program at the time and Antonio studied engineering in Russia for the next five years. It was there that he met his first wife, a native of Santiago de Cuba, and they were married in Moscow in 1980. Antonio completed his studies in Kiev in 1983 and returned with his wife to Santiago de Cuba. Antonio, Jr. was born two years later; however, Antonio and his first wife were divorced by 1989.
Antonio married his second wife in Panama in 1991 and his second child, Gabriel, was born
the following year. He and his wife separated that year when he came to Miami in May 1992.
Paragraph 83 of the PSR is correct in that government records verify he entered the United States on February 27, 1995 and October 13, 1996. Antonio was returning from visits with Gabriel and his mother and he has not seen either of them in 13 years.

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