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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

  • The Hill: What Castro leaves behind
    Posted in In The News on December 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Cuba and Immigration

    As I heard the news, my thoughts quickly went to my grandfather who was imprisoned for 12 years and tortured for opposing the regime. I also thought of his brother who was executed, without trial, by Castro’s thugs for the same reason. Then I thought of my parents, who said goodbye to their homeland and escaped to freedom at a young age to make a better life for themselves and future generations, not knowing if they would ever return again - to this date they have not. 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 Rejects White House's Abstention in Supporting Libertad Act
    Posted in Press Releases on October 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Cuba and Immigration

    Washington, D.C.—Today, the White House abstained from a Castro-sponsored U.N. resolution to condemn the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (Libertad) Act, which became law in 1996 and continues the United States’ embargo against Cuba. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) released the following statement: “I am deeply disappointed in the White House’s abstention at the United Nations. The Administration's refusal to defend our country's laws is unacceptable. These sanctions cut off resources to the ... Read more

  • Curbelo Condemns Administration’s Decision to Share Intelligence with Cuba
    Posted in Press Releases on October 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Cuba and Immigration

    Miami, Florida—It was recently announced that President Obama plans to share intelligence information with Cuba. Rep Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), who vehemently opposes this concession to Cuba, released the following statement: "The Cuban dictatorship’s policy for the past 50-plus years has been to undermine American interests in Latin America and our home-front. This policy has not changed, despite President Obama’s outreach. As we speak, Cuba is collaborating to re-open a Russian spy-base, strength... Read more

  • Curbelo's Cuban Benefits Bill Gains Support of 125 House Members
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Cuba and Immigration

    Washington, D.C.—Rep. Curbelo’s (FL-26) legislation, H.R. 4247, the Cuban Immigrant Work Opportunity Act, gained the support of 125 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives. “Since its introduction, the Cuban Immigrant Work Opportunity Act has received an abundance of support from Members of Congress and South Florida families. I am pleased to have reached this milestone on such an important piece of bipartisan legislation which works to ensure that Cubans leaving the island to escape C... 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

  • Curbelo, Coffman Introduce the Recognizing American Children Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Cuba and Immigration

    Washington, D.C.—Reps. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and Mike Coffman (CO-06) introduced H.R. 5533, the Recognizing American Children Act. The Recognizing American Children Act would allow undocumented immigrants that arrived in this country prior to 2010 as minors to adjust their immigration status. If the immigrant has stayed out of trouble with the law, has not relied on public assistance, and has graduated high school, they will be granted conditional status for five years. During this five year p... 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

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