Curbelo Comments on DHS Announcement Regarding End of Wet-Foot Dry-Foot Policy (ENGLISH AND ESPAÑOL)

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Washington, D.C., January 12, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments
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 the President announced his deal with Castro at the end of 2014, almost 100,000 Cubans have reached our shores. Many others fled the island but never arrived, instead dying at sea or in the jungles of Central America.

"For two years, I have demanded a solution to this crisis from the Administration. Instead, the Administration chose to wait until the last hour to act, and as usual collaborated directly with the Cuban dictatorship instead of consulting members of Congress. America’s policy toward Cuba should serve to advance U.S. interests, and it should never be coordinated with anti-American dictators.

“Although our country's immigration policy toward Cuba has granted many of the dictatorship's victims refuge, it has also been grossly abused and exploited by many Cuban nationals, while also inadvertently bolstering the Cuban regime. A change to this policy was inevitable. I remain firmly committed to supporting the victims of persecution in Cuba while ending all abuses of America’s generosity.

"With regards to the cancellation of the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, which offered refuge to Cuban doctors who are in effect slaves of the regime assigned to countries around world, it is regrettable and a clear example of the Cuban regimes influence over the Obama Administration. I hope the incoming Administration will consider reinstating this program.”

EN ESPAÑOL


“La política del Presidente Obama de legitimar a la dictadura cubana ha creado mucha ansiedad e incertidumbre en Cuba en los últimos años propiciando un éxodo masivo de la isla. Desde que el Presidente anunció su nueva política a finales del año 2014, casi 100,000 cubanos han llegado a nuestras costas. Otros huyeron pero nunca llegaron, muriendo en el mar y en las selvas de Centroamérica.

“En multiples ocasiones le exigí una solución a la Casa Blanca y evidentemente han esperado hasta el ultimo momento para actuar. Como ya es de costumbre, el gobierno de Obama lo ha colaborado todo con la dictadura cubana y en ningún momento consultó al Congreso. La política de este país hacia Cuba debe servir para avanzar los intereses de EEUU y no debe ser coordinada con dictadores anti-americanos.

Si bien la política migratoria de EEUU hacia Cuba ha favorecido a muchas víctimas de la dictadura, también ha sido objeto de abuso y fraude e inadvertidamente ha avanzado los intereses de los opresores del pueblo cubano. Un cambio era inevitable. En el Congreso seguiremos trabajando para reformar esta política con fin de apoyar a las víctimas de la persecución y de frenar todos los abusos contra la generosidad de EEUU.”

"Por otra parte, la cancelación del Programa de Parole para Médicos Cubanos es muy lamentable y se hizo por orden de la dictadura. Este programa servía para ofrecerle refugio a los galenos cubanos que son en efecto esclavos del regimen asignados a diferentes países a través del mundo. Espero que la próxima Administración considere la posibilidad de restablecer este programa."
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