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Republican Rubio authors Senate bill to curb Cuban immigration benefits

Feb 12, 2016 | News

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican presidential candidate, and a fellow Cuban-American lawmaker introduced legislation on Tuesday that would cut back on some of the special benefits given to immigrants from Cuba.
Rubio introduced the bill in the Senate and has made his Cuban heritage a theme of his campaign for his party’s nomination to run for the White House in the November election. But the Florida senator has also questioned the generous benefits given to immigrants from the Communist-ruled island.

Rubio’s bill would end the automatic eligibility for federal aid given to Cuban nationals, except for those fleeing persecution.
“It is particularly outrageous when individuals who claim to be fleeing repression in Cuba are welcomed and allowed to ‎collect federal assistance based on their plight, only to return often to the very place they claimed to be fleeing,” Rubio said in a statement.

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