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Los Marielitos

by Jerry A. Sierra

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They were bused to Tent City...

After a brief examination, the Marielitos were bussed to Eglin Air Force Base, where they would be held in a virtual Tent City until they found a sponsor in the U.S.

An MP with the Air Force recruited me and several other observers (who were there hoping to find escaped relatives) to help the new immigrants. My first job was to distribute cups of water and candy bars (donated by a local bar) until more supplies arrived.