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English/Español: Rubio to FBI: Investigate the Activities of Pro-Dictator Advocates Puentes de Amor
On July 31, 2022, a group with ties to the communist regime in Cuba engaged in political activity in Coral Gables, Florida. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray urging him to immediately investigate the activities of Puentes de Amor and its members, who are acting as unregistered foreign agents of the Cuban dictatorship, in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
“Puentes de Amor held a demonstration in Coral Gables, Florida, as part of a coordinated effort by the Cuban regime to sow division, incite conflict, and influence the foreign policy of the United States. The group also flew flags marking Castro’s July 26th movement, in open support of the Cuban Revolution that ultimately led to the communist dictatorship which remains in place today.”
“Consistent with the U.S. Department of Justice’s often-cited efforts, FARA increases transparency in our democratic system by disclosing individuals and entities engaged in foreign influence activities. As such, I respectfully request an immediate investigation into Puentes de Amor, its members, and activities.” — Senator Rubio
The full text of the letter is below.
Dear Director Wray:
I write to request that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) immediately initiate an investigation into the activities of Puentes de Amor (“Bridges of Love”), a group operating in the United States and whose members are acting as unregistered foreign agents of the Cuban regime, in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
Under the FARA, certain agents of foreign principals must register with the United States if they engage in covered activities, including certain political demonstrations intended to influence the policy of the government. Yesterday, Puentes de Amor held a demonstration in Coral Gables, Florida, as part of a coordinated effort by the Cuban regime to sow division, incite conflict, and influence the foreign policy of the United States. The group also flew flags marking Castro’s July 26th movement, in open support of the Cuban Revolution that ultimately led to the communist dictatorship which remains in place today.
Puentes de Amor has well known associations with the Cuban regime, and as recent as last month, its leaders met with the Di?az-Canel regime in Cuba. The FBI should acknowledge the group and its members for what they are – malign foreign actors inside the United States – and conduct investigations of individuals who may be acting as foreign agents of the Cuban regime so that all FARA violations can be enforced to the fullest extent of the law. Consistent with the U.S. Department of Justice’s often-cited efforts, FARA increases transparency in our democratic system by disclosing individuals and entities engaged in foreign influence activities. As such, I respectfully request an immediate investigation into Puentes de Amor, its members, and activities.
Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.
El 31 de julio del 2022, un grupo con vínculos al régimen comunista de Cuba participó en actividades políticas en Coral Gables, Florida. El senador estadounidense Marco Rubio (R-FL) envió una carta al director de la Oficina Federal de Investigaciones (FBI, por sus siglas en inglés), Christopher Wray, instándolo a investigar de inmediato las actividades de Puentes de Amor y sus miembros, que actúan como agentes extranjeros no registrados de la dictadura cubana en violación de la Ley de Registro de Agentes Extranjeros (FARA, por sus siglas en inglés).
“Puentes de Amor realizó una manifestación en Coral Gables, Florida, como parte de un esfuerzo coordinado del régimen cubano para sembrar división, incitar al conflicto e influir en la política exterior de Estados Unidos. El grupo también alzó banderas del movimiento 26 de julio de Castro, abiertamente en apoyo a la revolución cubana que condujo a la dictadura comunista que sigue vigente en la isla hoy”.
“De acuerdo con los esfuerzos frecuentemente citados del Departamento de Justicia de EE.UU., FARA aumenta la transparencia en nuestro sistema democrático al revelar a personas y entidades involucradas en actividades de influencia extranjera. Como tal, solicito respetuosamente una investigación inmediata sobre Puentes de Amor, sus miembros y actividades”. — senador Rubio
El texto de la carta en inglés está aquí.