Grupo Bipartidista Congresional Insta al Secretario Kerry a Negarle Visa al Hijo del Dictador

Jul 12, 2013

(WASHINGTON) – Un grupo bipartidista de Congresistas (Cong. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Albio Sires, y Mario Díaz-Balart) enviaron una carta al Secretario de Estado John Kerry referente a la posibilidad que los Estados Unidos conceda una visa a Antonio Castro, hijo de Fidel Castro y sobrino de Raúl Castro, permitiéndole venir a los Estados Unidos con el equipo de béisbol cubano en las “International Collegiate Friendship Series” la próxima semana.

Declaración de Ros-Lehtinen:

“Encuentro muy preocupante que la Administración pueda conceder una visa a Antonio Castro, hijo de Fidel Castro y sobrino de Raúl Castro. Es ridículo que la Administración no ha negado visas a la familia de los hermanos Castro. Los Castro representan un régimen detestable que continúa oprimiendo y negando los derechos más básicos a millones de personas. No nos dejemos engañar: el único proposito de enviar a Antonio Castro con el equipo de béisbol es para intimidar a estos atletas jóvenes y prevenir que deserten en los Estados Unidos y fuera del control de la tiranía castrista. Insto a la Administración a unirse en solidaridad con los millones de cubanos oprimidos y que no concedan una visa a Antonio Castro.”

Texto de la carta:

July 12, 2013

The Honorable John Kerry
Secretary of State
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Kerry:

We are writing to urge the State Department to deny a U.S. entry visa to the son of Fidel Castro, Antonio Castro.  We understand that Antonio Castro frequently accompanies Cuban baseball players traveling abroad in order to intimidate them and prevent them from defecting. 

We are concerned that Antonio Castro may have requested a visa to come to the United States to join the Cuban baseball team at the International Collegiate Friendship Series next week.  We have repeatedly expressed our outrage that the Administration granted U.S. entry to high-level Castro operatives such as Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, Mariela Castro, and Eusebio Leal, to name a few. The Castro brothers and their family members represent an oppressive regime that denies human rights and basic freedoms to the Cuban people.

Granting a visa to the son of Fidel Castro and the nephew of dictator Raul Castro would undermine our efforts to promote democracy and freedom within the island, and damages our longstanding policy of strengthening ties with the Cuban people and isolating their oppressors. It would be especially misguided to grant a visa to the son and nephew of the very tyrants who continue to unjustly hold Alan Gross, a U.S. citizen who has languished in Castro’s gulag for more than three years.   

For those reasons, and within all applicable rules and regulations, we respectfully request that you deny U.S. entry to Antonio Castro.

Sincerely,