FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 2, 2012
Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen Request Expulsion of Former Regime Enforcer Living in the U.S.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) sent a letter to Secretary Clinton, Attorney General Holder, and Secretary Napolitano asking for the immediate removal of Castro regime enforcer and a brutal head of prisons, Crescencio Marino Rivero, and for an explanation of why convicted Cuban spy Rene Gonzalez was allowed to travel to Washington, D.C. You can read the whole letter here.
Said Diaz-Balart: “I am outraged that the Obama Administration has once again demonstrated its open door policy toward Castro regime operatives by granting residency to a brutal human rights abuser, and by welcoming a dangerous, convicted spy to the very doorstep of our national government.
“U.S. law, foreign policy, national security interests, and common sense warn against admitting dangerous members of totalitarian regimes into the U.S., or permitting convicted spies virtually unfettered travel. Nonetheless, this administration has failed to protect the American people from such obvious perils. Yet again, the Obama Administration has fallen into its disturbing pattern of appeasing dictatorships and has demonstrated that its policy of willful blindness toward the world’s most brutal regimes knows no bounds.
“The President’s policy has not only compromised America’s security, but it has sent the disgraceful message to pro-democracy activists languishing under tyranny that the President is more interested in coddling their oppressors than joining them in their cause for freedom.”
Said Ros-Lehtinen: “It is the height of hypocrisy for this former official of the feared and brutal Cuban Ministry of the Interior (MININT) to spend his golden years in the comfort and freedom Miami offers. That is unacceptable to the innumerable Cubans who have suffered under the oppressive yolk of the Castro brothers and it is utterly unacceptable to me.
“If Mr. Rivero lied on his applications to gain entry into the U.S., then he should suffer the full consequences of the law. As opposed to the dictatorship he was once a part of, in this nation of laws that is the USA he will be able to fully defend himself.
I am sure that other Castro henchmen are trying to live out their final years in the comfort of the city and exile community which they so forcefully vilified. But if we find them, and the law says they’re guilty, they should be immediately expelled.”