Family members share their stories as they reunite with loved ones who came to the Florida Keys from Cuba

DANIA BEACH, Fla. – Beyond the stories of these people risking their lives to get here from countries like Cuba, there are also the stories of loved ones waiting to welcome them.

Christian De La Rosa of Local 10 News spoke to several families who shared their excitement and anguish.

Seven buses arrived at the border guard facility in Dania Beach on Thursday.

Each one filled with dreams and the consolation of having reached American soil.

Outside we meet Yaili Urra, who longs to see her cousin.

“How does it feel? Happy to see you well again,” said Urra.

Yosmani Urra, 26, seen in this photo, moments after arriving at the keys in a boat.

“When did your relative arrive here? Dawn 31. They traveled 23 hours. And how did you find out that he was here? Because of social networks and because of my aunt that he called me. What hurts the most about this? Go figure. Many things, the pain of seeing my aunt suffer for not having known that he was coming and being aware of many things and that she could have lost her life, ”said Urra.

Yanet Gonzalez can’t stand crying. She is waiting for her two children.

How does this moment feel to you? It has no explanation. It’s the only thing I have. And we have called everywhere and they do not tell us anything. Are you saying that the situation there is so serious that it is worth risking your life to come here? It’s worth it, because they die there.” said Gonzalez.

Ariel Rodriguez and Yarileisis Sierra Perez are waiting for their younger brother.

“The border patrol officers and the coast guard say don’t jump, because it’s not worth taking the risk; how do you answer him? That is not worth it? If in Cuba there is no life! I came under that situation myself a bunch of years ago,” Rodriguez said.

And so one story after another from those families in South Florida who fully understand why their loved ones continue to risk their lives.

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