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Tue Oct 20, 2020, 09:58 AM

Are you a money launderer, a deposed leader trailed by corruption allegations?

Are you a money launderer, a deposed leader trailed by corruption allegations?

Turns out, there’s a home for you here in Miami — even under Trump’s hardened immigration policies — so long as you can afford to ‘game the system.’








But back home, things took a turn for Baldizón: A U.N.-backed commission was in the process of uncovering dozens of schemes by Guatemala’s political leaders to siphon cash from the public treasury.

Baldizón lost the election amid the political fallout — his running mate was implicated in a $100 million scheme and later convicted — but a path out of Guatemala awaited.

And it ran through South Florida, where he had been snatching up properties.

He even remained an A-lister in U.S. Republican circles.

His personal Facebook page displays photos of Baldizón at a Trump-Pence inaugural ball in January 2017, where he hung out with Pence and the new VP’s brothers.

Carlos Polit Faggoni had served in many government posts in Ecuador, becoming controller once again in 2017.

That same year, he was accused of taking $10.1 million in bribes from construction giant Odebrecht SA.

He relocated to Miami.

Ecuador tried him in absentia and he was sentenced in June 2018.

But Polit has been permitted to stay — even as the State Department has canceled more than 300 visas issued to other Ecuadorians. That number was provided by Michael Fitzpatrick, the U.S. ambassador to Ecuador.

There’s Peruvian insurance millionaire Gustavo Salazar, who was accused of facilitating and laundering a bribe to a governor in exchange for a highway project that was over budget by $100 million.

A Peruvian judge ordered him extradited the following year.

But Salazar has stayed put.

An online video shows him dancing at his daughter’s lavish December wedding in Miami.




He scrambled to apply for tourist visas — long since expired — and fled to the United States.

But a week after the Rodríguez family landed at MIA, Donald Trump was elected president.

Ever since, it’s been one policy change after another, all aimed at jacking up fees and chipping away at protections for asylum seekers.

Still, Rodríguez has persisted.

“I didn’t know if we’d stay in the United States. But we couldn’t stay in Colombia.”

He made his bid for asylum a year later, in February 2017.

He’s still waiting.







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Tue Oct 20, 2020, 10:02 AM

1. Kick

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Tue Oct 20, 2020, 10:17 AM

2. Three words

So what's new? That has long been a key part of US foreign policy.

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Tue Oct 20, 2020, 10:17 AM

3. "They're coming to America - Today!"

(Neil Diamond)

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