Ros-Lehtinen Statement On Administration’s New Policy To Help Cuban People

Jun 16, 2017

Ros-Lehtinen Statement On Administration’s New Policy To Help Cuban People

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement regarding the administration’s newly announced policy regarding Cuba.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“The goal of this new U.S. policy towards the dictatorship in Havana is meritorious and serves our national security interests. It seeks to deny financing that benefits Castro’s Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Defense and its proxy, GAESA. These entities beat, intimidate, imprison and kill human rights activists on the island and have a long documented history of harming U.S. interests. Elements of these regime entities are directly responsible for the torture and murder of Americans and have continued to provide safe haven to terrorists and other fugitives of U.S. justice. Repression has increased since President Obama’s misguided outreach to Castro so providing a lifeline to a tyrant does not represent the values of the United States and does not benefit the people of Cuba.

Today’s announcement is an acknowledgement of the true nature of the Cuban regime and embrace of the Cuban people. It is time we try to close that cash spigot that only goes to oppress the Cuban people. I congratulate my legislative hermanos, Mario and Marco, for their expertise and leadership on the important movement toward democracy in my native homeland.”