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  • Curbelo Comments on DHS Announcement Regarding End of Wet-Foot Dry-Foot Policy (ENGLISH AND ESPAÑOL)
    Posted in Press Releases on January 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Cuba and Immigration

    Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) tonight released video statements in English and Spanish commenting on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement ending the “Wet-Foot Dry-Foot” policy toward Cuban migrants. Download the high resolution English video here, and the high resolution Spanish video here. ENGLISH “President Obama's policy legitimizing the Castro dictatorship created a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty in Cuba and resulted in a mass exodus from the island. Since th... Read more

  • House Adopts National Defense Authorization Conference Report, Including Curbelo Small Business Protections
    Posted in Press Releases on December 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Cuba and Immigration, Small Business, Economic Growth, and Taxes

    “I was proud to support passage of the NDAA, which completely authorizes military operations for FY 2017,” Curbelo added. “This bill will include a pay raise for our troops and better access to healthcare for them and their families. I’m grateful this legislation will prohibit the Obama Administration from transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees to the U.S., closing the facility, and transferring the base back to the Cuban government. Ensuring this base stays in U.S. hands is critical to U.S.-Cuba relations.” Read more

  • Carlos Curbelo Comments On The Death of Fidel Castro
    Posted in Press Releases on November 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Cuba and Immigration

    Carlos Curbelo Comments On The Death of Fidel Castro Miami, FL - Following the death of Fidel Castro, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) released the following statement: "Cuban dictator Fidel Castro terrorized the people of Cuba for decades with religious and political persecution, oppression of free speech and free press, and disrespect for basic human rights. His passing marks the end of a long, horrifying chapter in Cuba's history. "For the past 50-plus years Castro and his regime undermined Americ... Read more

  • Curbelo Calls on President to Support Guillermo Fariñas
    Posted in Press Releases on September 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Cuba and Immigration

    Washington, D.C.— Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas, a Cuban freedom fighter, marks the 50th day of his hunger strike in protest of the Castro regime’s violent crackdown on dissidents in light of President Obama’s normalization policy. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) released the following statement urging the President to contact Mr. Fariñas to discuss his motivation behind his hunger strike and the desolate conditions facing Cuban dissidents: “Mr. Fariñas is a Cuban patriot dedicated to the freedom and li... Read more

  • Cuban Benefits Bill Would Save American Taxpayers Billions of Dollars
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Cuba and Immigration

    Washington, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a preliminary score of the projected reduced spending for H.R. 4247 and its Senate companion, S. 2441, the Cuban Immigrant Work Opportunity Act. This bill is estimated to save American taxpayers $2.45 billion over the next 10 years alone. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statements: “For too long, America’s generosity has been abused, and this projection from the Congression... Read more

  • Curbelo Demands Repatriation of Fugitives in Cuba
    Posted in Press Releases on April 28, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Cuba and Immigration

    Washington, D.C.—The Castro dictatorship continues to provide safe harbor to many fugitives convicted of murdering Americans and law enforcement officers. Medicare, credit card, and mortgage fraudsters have avoided American prosecution by jumping bail and fleeing back to Cuba. Rep. Curbelo (FL-26) released the following statement after reading this Miami Herald article: “Since the President’s “normalization” process with the dictatorship, the Castros continue to provide sanctuary to Medicare fra... Read more

  • Rep. Curbelo Visits Guantanamo Bay Naval Base
    Posted in Press Releases on April 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Cuba and Immigration

    Washington, D.C.—Recently, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) visited the Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay. He released the following statement about his experience. "This week I visited the US Naval Station Guantanamo Bay – a critical military and national security asset serving key roles in the war on terrorism, drug and migrant interdiction, and as a strategic forward base for the Atlantic Fleet. Every day approximately 7,000 US military personnel and contractors go to work at GTMO to keep our country ... Read more

  • Rep. Curbelo Calls Guantanamo Bay Closure Dangerous
    Posted in Press Releases on February 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Cuba and Immigration

    Miami, Florida—This morning, President Obama revealed his plans to close the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Rep. Curbelo (FL-26) released the following statement: "The detention facility at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is a critical military asset in fighting the war on terror. It houses some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists who are responsible for the deadliest attacks against civilians in our country’s history. Americans have legitimate concerns and seri... Read more

  • Cuban-Americans in House Unanimously Support Cuban Immigrant Work Opportunity Act
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Cuba and Immigration

    Washington, D.C.—Today, Rep. Curbelo (FL-26) released the following statement highlighting the unanimous support for his legislation, H.R. 4247, the Cuban Immigrant Work Opportunity Act, by Cuban-Americans serving in the House of Representatives. This bill eliminates the automatic and immediate eligibility of Cubans for the Refugee Assistance Program, protecting the program for those that fled Cuba due to persecution. “I commend the leadership of my fellow Cuban-American House Members, Reps. Il... Read more

  • Rep. Curbelo Introduces the Cuban Immigrant Work Opportunity Act
    Posted in Press Releases on December 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation, Cuba and Immigration

    Washington, D.C.—Today, Rep. Curbelo introduced H.R. 4247, the Cuban Immigrant Work Opportunity Act. A provision in the Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980 treats ALL Cuban immigrants, regardless of their reasons for leaving the island, as refugees and asylees by granting them access to the federal Refugee Resettlement Program. Unfortunately, recent reports indicate that this program has been grossly abused, allowing non-refugees to participate in the program and collecting benefits while l... Read more

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