Ana Rodriguez, ex-Cuban political prisoner, faces deportation after bank sells 26-year-old house

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida – Ana Rodriguez, a Cuban political prisoner who has raised awareness of human rights violations in women’s prisons on the communist island, is threatened with deportation. She said she was not ready to leave the house where she had lived for 26 years.

Rodriguez, 83, co-author of “Diary of a Survivor: Nineteen Years in a Cuban Women’s Prison” said she bought the house with a roommate who died of cancer. She said the last payment the bank accepted from her was in 2009.

“I stopped paying when they forced me,” said Rodriguez, whose attorneys say she was the victim of a fraudulent foreclosure by Bank of America and Bank of New York Mellon.

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The mortgage rebounded among lenders and years of legal action followed, including a joint judgment filed in 2018 where he said Rodriguez would have agreed to foreclosure and in return, the Bank of New York Mellon would not hire. lawsuits against her for financial loss.

“No, I never agree with anyone. If I signed the paper with the lawyer thinking he was helping me and getting me to sign something, that was wrong, ”Rodriguez said.

Records show that the house near Le Jeune Road and Southwest 13th Street was sold to a California woman last year. Rodriguez, who is going blind from macular degeneration, said someone left 24 hours’ notice to leave the front door over the weekend.

Rodriguez said she was grateful to Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava for standing up for her and for being able to stop two attempts to kick her out.

“It is important to make sure that Ana has every chance to seek redress in the legal system,” Levine Cava said in a statement Monday.

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Rodriguez’s lawyers have filed a petition with the Third District Court of Appeal requesting a stay. The request was denied and the deportation will likely take place on Tuesday morning. Fundraising is underway to help him.

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