When the building we now call Miami’s Freedom Tower was completed in 1925, it was the headquarters for “The Miami News” newspaper. But it is best known for its role in the 1960s, when refugees from Cuba fleeing Fidel Castro’s communist regime arrived here. The newcomers were processed and documented at the tower; it became known as the “Ellis Island of the South”. In 2005, the Freedom Tower was donated to Miami-Dade College. Today it is used as a museum, as well as a cultural and educational center. We focus on the new exhibit about to be unveiled at the Freedom Tower, called “The Cuban Exile Experience”.
Lawmakers are being asked to take a closer look at why children are arriving in South Florida and all over the United States before considering their immigration status.
A priest who came to Miami as a young boy from Cuba delivered the benediction Monday at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.
An auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Miami will become the new head of the Diocese of St. Augustine Thursday afternoon.
An auxiliary bishop at the Miami archdiocese has just received a big promotion. Monsignor Felipe Estevez, a Roman Catholic priest who left Cuba for the U.S. as part of “Operation Pedro Pan” has been named the bishop for the Diocese of St. Augustine.