The United States is planning for the possibility that the death of Fidel CastroÃ‚Â could bring with it a greaterÃ‚Â rush of Cubans than the last time there wasÃ‚Â a casting call at Ricky Ricardo’s Club Babalu.
Coast Guard Rear Adm. David W. Kunkel, director of the Homeland Security Task Force Southeast, which led the two-day exercise, stressed that the U.S. government is not predicting that Castro’s death will destabilize Cuba and spark a massive wave of migration. But, he said, ”We don’t want to be caught flat-footed.”
A federal plan to contain a possible exodus from Cuba has been under review for 18 months and will need final approval from Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. On Tuesday, federal officials declined to disclose many details of the plan, but said they are confident it will curb a wave of migration.
On the plus side, U.S. classic car and truck buffs could be in forÃ‚Â some waterloggedÃ‚Â treats.