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Rep. Diaz-Balart calls on Obama administration to prevent human rights abusers from Cuba to enter U.S.

From the offices of U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL):

Diaz-Balart Calls on Administration to Prevent Human Rights Abusers from Entering the U.S.

WASHINGTON D.C. –Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after reports that the pro-Castro band “Arnaldo y su Talismán” would be participating in a “cultural exchange” in the United States.

"According to recent press reports, members of the pro-Castro band ‘Arnaldo y su Talismán’ participated in acts of repression against pro-democracy activists in Cuba on December 10, 2013, International Human Rights Day.  Reports also indicate that these human rights abusers claim they will travel to the United States as part of a ‘cultural exchange.'

“The Obama Administration must not allow these abettors of the murderous Castro dictatorship to enter the United States.  President Obama's own Presidential Proclamation ‘Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Participate in Serious Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Violations and Other Abuses’ of August 4, 2011 prohibits aliens who have committed or assisted in human rights abuses from entering the United States.  I call on President Obama and Secretary Kerry to adhere to their stated principles and refuse to reward regime thugs with the special privilege of U.S. entry."

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