Lennie Reisch’s Facebook Post on Immigration, Child Separations-Authorship Confirmed!
Summary of eRumor:
A Houston woman named Lennie Reisch posted on Facebook about her journey to America as an unaccompanied minor from Cuba amid controversy over the Trump administration’s child separation policy.
We can confirm that a woman named Lennie Reisch from Houston wrote this commentary about immigration. The account aligns with Operation Pan Pedro, which brought 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban minors to the U.S. after Fidel Castro’s rise. We can’t, however, verify specific details of Reisch’s account.
The post appeared on Reisch’s personal Facebook page on June 21, at the height of controversy over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that required the separation fo immigrant children and their parents at the border. Reisch, who identifies herself as a former school teacher, begins the post by saying “this whole immigration thing is insane.”
After Fidel Castro rose to power in the early 1960s, Reisch said her parents sent her and her little sister to the United States unaccompanied. The girls, 8 and 4 years old at the time, lived in foster care for several months because their parents didn’t have immigration papers to enter the country legally. Citing her account of being separated from her parents, Reisch argues that controversy over the Trump administration’s child-separation policy is not justified.
After digging around online, we found that Lennie Reisch commented on a Smithsonian article about Operation Pedro Pan. Reisch said that she and her younger sister were among the 14,000 children who were brought to the U.S. as part of the operation, echoing sentiments from her Facebook post:
The Pedro Pan program enabled parents to send their children to the U.S. as a last resort to avoid communist indoctrination. Operated by the Archdiocese of Miami and the U.S. State Department from 1960 to 1962, the program brought a total of 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban minors to the U.S., the Cold War Museum reports:
Operation Pedro Pan lasted for 22 months, then it was shut down. It ceased existence in 1962 as a result of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The crisis put a freeze on any commercial air service between Havana, Cuba and Miami, Florida. After its termination, children that remained in the country either stayed with relatives, orphanages, or foster homes until their family successfully made it out of Cuba. The duration of time that the “Pedro Pans” waited for their parents varied: sometimes it took days, weeks, or months. But for the very unfortunate, it took years for their family to come, since Castro made it so increasingly difficult for Anti-Cubans to leave or even live freely in his nation.
The Archdiocese of Miami is reportedly working on digitizing Pedro Pan flight records, and other documentary records, but they’re not available at this time. But, although Lennie Reich’s Facebook post reflects actual events, there are a number of differences between Pedro Pan and the current immigration dilemma.
First, the parents weren’t separated from their children by the U.S. government. They were unable to leave Cuba because of the oppressive communist regime. Second, the parents decided to send their children to America unaccompanied. The (now ended) child-separation policy did not give parents a choice.
Lennie Reish’s post on immigration and child separation has gone viral.
This whole immigration thing is insane. I am a political refugee who exiled to the USA as an 8 year old child along with my 4 year old sister. My parents sent us to the USA alone when they couldn’t attain the proper immigration papers needed to enter the USA LEGALLY. They remained behind in Cuba until they were able to enter LEGALLY into the USA and apply for political asylum.
My sister and I were placed in a holding camp the USA had set up for the other children like us who were being airlifted to the USA escaping the brutal and oppressive Castro regime. My father was jailed several times by Castro for political dissent, and his business was confiscated. My parents, sent us to safety and freedom, hoping someday soon they could join us. Fourteen thousand Cuban children from the ages of 3-16 sought refuge in the USA in what eventually was called ‘The Pedro Pan Program’.
We were placed in a foster home several weeks after being vetted in the detention center. Because we had left Cuba with very little personal belongings do to Castro’s strict orders, (No toys, 3 sets of clothes, 1 piece of jewelry) and no money, we were provided all our physical needs. We were fed, schooled, clothed, and given shelter in an abandoned military base. We all ate together in the cafeteria, and were assigned to barracks. School rooms were set up.
I was 8 years old, too young to really understand what and why this was happening to us. My parents made me promise I wouldn’t cry so that my little sister would not be scared, so all my fears and sadness were suppressed. It was a trauma I cannot explain to anyone who has not lived through it. However, I can now completely understand the reasons my parents made this tremendous sacrifice, and I still clearly recall my parents faces watching our luggage being ransacked by the armed Cuban soldiers, and the look of sadness knowing they might never see their precious little daughters again.
Thankfully, my parents were able to escape Cuba a year later, and we were reunited with them s couple of weeks after they arrived. They got out of Cuba just in time before the diplomatic relations between the USA and Cuba were suspended due to the October Missile Crisis. We were one of the fortunate families who were able to reunite. Many families remained separated for many years, their children having forgotten even how to speak Spanish.
I am appalled by the way the liberals and the media is portraying what’s happening at our borders. The USA is the most generous, hospitable country in the world. This country has provided so much assistance, shelter and hope to so many in its young existence. ‘The beacon on the hill’ like Reagan so eloquently said.
To see and hear the hatred they use to malign and discredit President Trump simply because he’s attempting to permanently resolve the mess previous administrations have ignored and precipitated, absolutely breaks my heart. I have no words to express the outrage and the sadness I feel watching and hearing them lie, disrespect and show such disdain for this country I love so much.
I love this country and the shelter, opportunity and FREEDOM it provided my family since we were welcomed. Watching the tv images of children being cared for by the overwhelmed border officers and the immigration staff, and the way these anti-American news outlets are using this crisis to advance their anti-Trump hatred campaign is completely out of control. It is frightening. The fact American masses are being manipulated by this constant left-wing indoctrination methods is alarming. Having been subject to brainwashing as a kindergartner in Cuba I recognize the radical tactics. I grew up in a home where political discussion and how precious freedom and opportunity found in the USA is what every person on earth deserves, I am appalled by the recognition of the Marxist ideology this left-wing is aspiring to inject into the USA government.
They are gradually and persistently eroding the strong fiber the USA forefathers so wisely founded this country on. They use emotional sabotage to achieve their objectives. What’s more heartbreaking then exhibiting outrage over children being separated from their parents? Who wouldn’t feel a tug on their heart if all this were the real and complete facts?
However, they are only telling us the part of the story that promotes and advances their narrative. They fail to tell you these immigration laws have been around for decades. I know. I am a recipient of those policies. Do I consider myself a victim? NO!!! AND NO!!!
I am infinitely thankful and grateful for the generosity and kindness this country bestowed on us. I could never find the words to express my gratitude and my love for the country which has given the world’s oppressed the HOPE for SELF DETERMINATION. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY. FREEDOM OF SPEECH to even yell obscenities, mock, and besmirch a leader who has done nothing to deserve it except stand up for the country he loves, the people who volunteer to protect it, the flag and national anthem that represent it, and affirm the constitution many of his fellow citizens seem determined to overthrow and eliminate.
God forbid he should strive to defend its sovereignty. God forbid he should put the citizens he was freely elected to represent above all others. God forbid he should insist on respecting the flag that proudly waves its Stars and Stripes. God forbid he has made a commitment to honor life, even the lives of those unborn innocents. God forbid he should stand up proudly for American exceptionalism and the American way of life. God forbid he has made capitalism work again by lowering taxes, giving entrepreneurs new hope to succeed, jobs to the unemployed.
President Trump has been in the public arena for decades. You would think at some point, while a well known celebrity, somebody might have accused him of racism, fascism, naziism, homophobia, etc.etc.etc. But no. His biggest scandals? Divorce. Sad, but hardly uncommon in today’s world. Bankruptcy. And then recovery, success and wealth regained. Pomposity. True, perhaps. Narcissism. True, but what person confident enough to run for the US presidency can claim humility? None, I would argue.
The abject hatred and rhetoric directed at this man is illogical and crosses the line of normal and acceptable social behavior. I fear for his life, his family, and his supporters. The rancor and violent outbursts of complete and utter disdain is palpable. Frankly, I can no longer justify trying to understand the irrationality of the vitriol. It has surpassed my ability to accept and/or understand. All I am capable of at this point is prayer for protection, strength, guidance and favor for Mr. Trump, his family and those of us who support him.
I believe with all my heart that this man was ordained by God to lead us at this critical time in our history. God picks the most imperfect and unworthy to achieve His biggest purpose and His plans. It’s always darkest before the storm, but I firmly believe in the creator who promised a rainbow at the end of the storm.
The storm is raging. We need to stay strong, faithful and prayerful. Many of us will confront strife and violent stormy weather.
But the rock upon which this country was established on is strong, solid and deep. Those of us who know this are being called to be faithful to speak the message, and courageous enough to stand firmly on the principles that determine and established who we are as individuals and as a nation.
In the Declaration of Independence it clearly and radically affirms that we are to rely on our Creator, and all our rights come inalienably from Him. No power on earth can separate us from Him upon whom our nation has been blessed by throughout the last 250 years.
I pray incessantly for those who mean us harm to cease and desist. I pray for all our representatives to find compromise, guidance and peaceful resolution. I pray wisdom for all those who are blinded by the lies to seek the truth. I pray our flag continues to wave proudly and waves over those who volunteer to secure peace, safety and freedom for us to live by.
God bless the USA!🇺🇸🙏🏽