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English/Español: Rubio, Colleagues Slam Biden Admin’s Appeasement to Cuban Dictatorship

May 16, 2022 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and colleagues released a joint statement on the Biden Administration’s recent announcement providing concessions to the brutal Cuban dictatorship. Senators Rick Scott (R-FL), Jim Risch (R-ID), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with U.S. Representatives Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Mark Green (R-TN), María Elvira Salazar (R-FL), and Carlos Giménez (R-FL), joined the statement.
 
“During Cuba’s historic anti-regime protests last year, President Biden said ‘[t]he United States stands with the brave Cubans who have taken to the streets to oppose 62 years of repression under a communist regime.’ Yet today, while hundreds of activists remain unlawfully imprisoned, the White House is resurrecting President Obama’s failed policy of unilateral concessions to the Castro/Díaz-Canel criminal dictatorship,” the lawmakers said. “Rather than supporting their pleas for freedom by expanding democracy programming, broadcasting, global diplomacy, and sanctions against their oppressors, the Biden White House is rewarding the Western Hemisphere’s longest ruling communist dictatorship with high level talks, easing sanctions, increased travel, and access to U.S. financial institutions. Appeasing Cuba’s murderous regime does not comply with the statutory requirements in U.S. law and undercuts America’s support for Cuba’s democratic opposition. 
 
“The Biden Administration’s repeated appeasement to the Cuban dictatorship is a betrayal of America’s commitment to human rights and freedom, and to the longsuffering Cuban people who are struggling for a genuine democratic transition,” the lawmakers concluded.
 

RUBIO Y COLEGAS CRITICAN EL APACIGUAMIENTO DE LA ADMINISTRACIÓN BIDEN A LA DICTADURA CUBANA
 

Washington, D.C. — El senador estadounidense Marco Rubio (R-FL) y colegas emitieron la siguiente declaración sobre el reciente anuncio de la Administración Biden de otorgar concesiones a la brutal dictadura cubana. Los senadores Rick Scott (R-FL), Jim Risch (R-ID), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) y Ted Cruz (R-TX), junto a los representantes Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Mark Green (R-TN), María Elvira Salazar (R-FL) y Carlos Giménez (R-FL), se unieron a la declaración.
 
“Durante las históricas protestas del año pasado contra el régimen de Cuba, el presidente Biden dijo: ‘EE.UU. apoya a los valientes cubanos que han salido a las calles para oponerse a 62 años de represión bajo un régimen comunista’. Sin embargo, hoy, mientras cientos de activistas siguen encarcelados ilegalmente, la Casa Blanca está resucitando la política fallida de concesiones unilaterales del presidente Obama a la dictadura criminal de Castro/Díaz-Canel”, los congresistas dijeron. “En lugar de apoyar las súplicas de libertad del pueblo cubano mediante la expansión de programación democrática, la transmisión, la diplomacia global y las sanciones contra sus opresores, la Casa Blanca de Biden está recompensando a la dictadura comunista más larga del hemisferio occidental no solo con conversaciones de alto nivel, suavizando las sanciones, aumentando los viajes, el acceso a EE.UU. y a nuestras instituciones financieras. Apaciguar al régimen asesino de Cuba no cumple con los requisitos legales de la ley de EE.UU. y socava el apoyo de EE.UU. a la oposición democrática de Cuba. 
 
“Las repetidas concesiones de la Administración Biden a la dictadura cubana son una traición al compromiso de nuestra nación con los derechos humanos y la libertad, y con el pueblo cubano que lucha por una transición democrática”, los congresistas concluyeron.