Liberated Americans from Venezuela Touch Down in Texas: Overflowing with Gratitude

Six of the ten Americans, part of the US-Venezuela prisoner swap, arrived at a San Antonio Air Force base on Wednesday night, finally stepping back onto American soil after a prolonged period of detention.

Upon landing, Savoi Wright, citing Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic speech, expressed his emotions to a pool reporter.

“Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, free at last,” Wright articulated, capturing his profound sense of relief and gratitude.

Speaking to the reporter, Wright shared that it was an incredibly emotional experience and expressed immense gratitude for the prompt return home. 

His overwhelming appreciation extended to the United States, acknowledging the swift opportunity to reunite with warmth and love.

His family, in a statement, expressed immense relief that the distressing ordeal had concluded and conveyed eternal gratitude for the efforts that led to his release from the Oct. 24 arrest.

Eyvin Hernandez, unjustly detained according to the State Department, found it challenging, calling his prison term the most difficult experience. 

Overwhelmed with gratitude upon his return, Hernandez expressed his heartfelt appreciation to family, friends, and President Biden.

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Six of the ten Americans, part of the US-Venezuela prisoner swap, arrived at a San Antonio Air Force base on Wednesday night, finally stepping back onto American soil after a prolonged period of detention.

Reflecting on his time behind bars, Hernandez emphasized the newfound value of freedom after unjust imprisonment. 

“Honestly, all you think about in prison is how you didn’t appreciate being free while you were free,” he lamented, underscoring the inescapable regret felt in captivity.

Hernandez’s family welcomed his return as an early Christmas gift, mirroring the sentiment of relief and joy at his release.

These Americans, including Jerrel Kenemore and Joseph Cristella, faced charges related to crossing the Venezuela-Colombia border in 2022. 

Yet, details surrounding their arrests remain murky. Venezuelan officials have stayed mum on the allegations, further clouding the circumstances.

As part of the swap, Venezuela allowed the extradition of Francis, linked to the US Navy’s significant corruption scheme, and agreed to release a prominent opposition figure along with 20 political prisoners, besides suspending arrest warrants for other Maduro opponents.

In return, the US released Alex Saab, a close ally of Maduro, who has faced money laundering charges since 2020 and awaited trial.

The exchange, while marking the return of these Americans, highlights the complex geopolitical negotiations that led to their release, offering a glimpse into the intricate ties between the two nations.

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