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Rep. Ros-Lehtinen says ‘Basta Ya!’ with overtures to Cuban dictatorship, remarks on human trafficking ‘List of Shame’

Ileana Speaking about Current Events Affecting South Florida

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) has had enough of the Obama administration's misguided and woefully unsuccessful attempts to "talk" the repressive and murderous dictatorship of the Castro family in Cuba into being nice. During a House Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen made clear she has had enough of the overtures to a lawless regime:

“When talking about security in this Hemisphere, we must not forget about Cuba - the State Sponsor of Terrorism 90 miles from South Florida.

In the last two months, the Obama Administration has granted a U.S. visa to Raul Castro's daughter and returned to Cuba a convicted spy without having him finish his sentence here in the U.S.

This week, we find out that the State Department will engage the Castro regime in direct mail and migration talks.

The Castro regime does not and will not comply with any international agreement.

In fact, just a few years ago, the regime signed two international human rights accords.

Yet, detentions on the island have risen and valiant defenders of democracy like Las Damas de Blanco (the Ladies in White) face weekly beatings.

In fact, just a few years ago, the regime signed two international human rights accords.

Yet, detentions on the island have risen and valiant defenders of democracy like Las Damas de Blanco (the Ladies in White) face weekly beatings.

In addition, it is the Castro regime that does not comply with the mail accords that we signed years ago.

What's next with this Administration?

Enough is enough.

Basta ya!

The Cuban people deserve freedom and democracy, just as all oppressed people do, and these talks will not help them achieve those goals.”

And with the release of the State Department's latest report on human trafficking, Ros-Lehtinen reminds everyone that there is still much work to be done to eradicate the trafficking and enslavement of humans throughout the world:

“Human trafficking is one of today’s worst and most alarming tragedies, as it deprives millions around the world of their most basic dignity as human beings. While I’m relieved that major human trafficking violators such as Russia and China have finally been lowered to the Tier 3 List, many countries under oppressive regimes such as Vietnam, Venezuela, and Cambodia were not downgraded, despite their human trafficking violations. I’m not surprised that Cuba again received the worst designation, Tier 3, on the TIP Report. The Castro regime continues to brutally oppress its own people, and as a result, many girls and women are still victims of sex trafficking. Cuba has become one of the world’s hot spots for sexual predators looking for little girls and boys and are doing this horrid act while Cuba is peddled on websites as a sex destination.

“Unfortunately, 16 percent of countries have never recorded a single conviction for human trafficking leaving millions of people under this modern-day slavery. While we tend to look at the issue of human trafficking as an international problem, we need to take a closer look on what is going on here at home. Between 17,000 to 20,000 victims are trafficked into our country every year, with a large number being migrant workers from Mexico and Central America. Unaccompanied alien children have also become an easy target for smuggler. This is why I have joined my colleague Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard in legislation that will ensure that the children who have been victims of trafficking are treated humanely and screened by social workers with child welfare expertise. As a longtime advocate for human rights, I look forward to continuing to work with like-minded colleagues on both sides of the aisle, as well as with the community so we can be a voice for those with no voice.”

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