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Daughter of Cuban Vice President Defects to US

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The adult child of a top Cuban official has found a new home in the U.S.

Glenda Murillo Diaz, 24, made the decision to defect two weeks ago by entering Laredo, Texas from Mexico.  She now lives in Tampa, Fla., where the Republicans are holding their national convention to nominate Mitt Romney for president.

Diaz is the daughter of Cuban Vice President Marino Murillo Jorge.  While he is one of the country's seven vice presidents, Murillo Jorge also belongs to the political bureau of the Cuban Communist Party.

Put in charge of enacting economic reforms in Cuba, that have been slow in coming, it's believed that Murillo Jorge might also have a shot at becoming the president once Raul Castro decides to step down from power.

His daughter's defection might change all that, however.

Many Cubans who've decided to leave their homeland take advantage of a law that allows them to remain on U.S. soil.  It appears Murillo Diaz has done the same.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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