Cuban-Americans Lash Out at Republicans

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When 15 Cubans fleeing their homeland landed on an abandoned bridge in the Florida Keys, they inadvertently found themselves in an uncomfortable legal spotlight - one the Republican Party is sharing.

The plight of the immigrants - deported Monday back to Cuba - has reopened the bitter debate over the government's immigration policy and angered South Florida's heavily Republican Cuban exile community.

``This will have an effect of reducing the numbers of Cuban-American voters that would blindly follow a Republican candidate,'' Cuban American National Foundation President Pepe Hernandez said. ``Cubans are going to realize that both parties come when they need us but tend to forget our pledges when they don't.''

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