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Obama’s Unilateral Concessions to Cuba Panned By Rivera, Ros-Lehtinen

The Obama Administration’s announcement that it would ease travel restrictions to Cuba was met by strong criticism by two members of South Florida’s Congressional Delegation.  Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18) issued the following statement to the media regarding today’s announcement by the Obama Administration to ease regulations on travel and remittances to Cuba:

“Loosening these regulations will not help foster a pro-democracy environment in Cuba. These changes will not aid in ushering in respect for human rights. And they certainly will not help the Cuban people free themselves from the tyranny that engulfs them.  These changes undermine U.S. foreign policy and security objectives and will bring economic benefits to the Cuban regime.”

Congressman David Rivera (FL-25) also issued a statement regarding the policy change:

“This loosening of regulations is a unilateral concession that does nothing to solve the fundamental problems on the island.  Instead of seeking change and improvements from the Cuban dictatorship in regards to human rights and free and open democratic elections before entering into any kind of compromise, this policy sends a message that the Cuban dictatorship does not have to improve before being rewarded by the United States. “This policy will not lead to a better quality of life for the Cuban people or help grant them the freedoms that they so desperately need and want, it only serves to enrich the Cuban dictatorship.”

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Obama’s Unilateral Concessions to Cuba Panned By Rivera, Ros-Lehtinen

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