Tracey Eaton from Along the Malecon interviews Capitol Hill Cubans’ Mauricio Claver-Carone:
Lobbyist: Obama is “bailing out” CubaWASHINGTON – Mauricio Claver-Carone, one of America’s most prominent pro-embargo lobbyists, gives Barack Obama mixed reviews for his approach toward Cuba.
Americans should be proud, he said in an interview, that the U.S. government hasn’t supported the Cuban government’s repression of dissidents and others who seek change.
The problem, he said, is that Obama loosened restrictions on travel and remittances so much that he’s “bailing out the regime at the worst possible time.”
Claver-Carone, 35, doesn’t object to Cuban-Americans traveling to Cuba for humanitarian purposes.
Obama’s “biggest mistake” was allowing Cuban-Americans to visit the island as often as they want, he said.
Some of the travelers have only been in the United States for a year, he said. They emigrate to the U.S. and start collecting government welfare checks. They stay for a year, then begin traveling back to Cuba, where they spend much of their time – and their money.
“You can’t be a refugee and then in a year and a day, go back to the source country. That’s a problem. We can’t have our cake and eat it, too.
“Going to Cuba 10 times a year isn’t humanitarian. Our taxpayers are paying for a welfare state within a welfare state.”