Cuban-Americans in House Unanimously Support Cuban Immigrant Work Opportunity Act

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Washington, January 8, 2016 | comments


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. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Albio Sires (NJ-08), and Alex Mooney (WV-02) for their support of the Cuban Immigrant Work Opportunity Act. Together, we can protect those fleeing the Castro dictatorship while ensuring that America’s generosity is not being exploited and abused. I am also pleased to learn that Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is expected to file companion legislation in the Senate next week. I thank Senator Rubio and my colleagues in the House for their steadfast commitment to this issue and their tireless efforts to bring democracy and justice to Cuba. I appreciate all of the bipartisan support this legislation has received so far and will work towards advancing the Cuban Immigrant Work Opportunity Act through Congress.”

Additional co-sponsors of the Cuban Immigrant Work Opportunity Act as of January 8, 2016, include Ryan Costello (PA-06), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), Ted Deutch (FL-21), Ron DeSantis (FL-06), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23).

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