José de Córdoba and Arian Campo-Flores report that Like the Cubans Before Them, Venezuelan Exiles Are Transforming Florida Politics. Both U.S. parties are hustling to recruit a flood of new voters in a crucial state for presidential elections
Where Cubans once came by small boats, rafts made of inner tubes and planes, Venezuelans fly straight here from Caracas, their belongings in a few suitcases. Like the Cubans who came in the 1960s, the new arrivals say they are fleeing a land they love because they can no longer live in a country where the government has destroyed the economy, imprisoned opponents and killed protesters.
Many Venezuelans are escaping to neighboring countries such as Colombia or back to the countries of their forefathers, including Spain. In the U.S., the destination of choice is Miami, which has an established Venezuelan enclave. Many enter with tourist visas and then change them to other types of visas or plead for asylum.
How many become citizens?
How many are chavistas absconding with ill-gotten gains?
And as a commenter put it,
“A people get the government they deserve” is, in all cases indisputable and inevitable. Abandoning a sinking vessel for another floating one, without accepting the reasons for the loss of the old ship, is to eventually bring the same tragedy to the new residence.