Ros-Lehtinen: American tourism to Cuba serves only to embolden Castro regime, not bring democracy to Cubans

From the offices of U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL):

More Tourism Travel in Cuba Will Embolden Castro Regime and Not Bring Democracy to the People of Cuba, Says Ros-Lehtinen

Miami, FL – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement regarding the Wall Street Journal article stating changes the Obama administration is proposing regarding Cuba regulations. According to the Wall Street Journal: “The White House hopes Mr. Obama’s Iran and Cuba policies follow the same political trajectory as his health-care law. The idea, administration officials have said, is that like the health-care law, the Iran and Cuba initiatives will become so embedded in American policy over Mr. Obama’s final 18 months in office that undoing them would be too difficult.”

“On December 17th, President Obama announced that he would use his executive powers to change Cuba regulations and the Wall Street Journal article states that the Obama administration will put into action more travel changes by the end of the year. Any effort to increase tourism travel to the island is illegal but the Obama administration, once again, has decided to change the law when it is up to Congress to do so. These changes will fill Castro’s coffers and it is another part of President Obama’s legacy shopping list.

“In Congress, I have joined my colleagues Congressman Devin Nunes (Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence), Mac Thornberry (Chairman of the House Armed Forces Committee), and Rodney Frelinghuysen (Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee) in introducing H.R. 2937, the Cuban Military Transparency Act. This legislation currently has 48 cosponsors and points out that this increased tourism only benefits the Cuban military because that entity controls the Cuban tourism sector. The hotels and tourism enterprises are owned by Cuban regime and its shadow organizations and many of these enterprises are on confiscated property of U.S. citizens so the Obama administration is promoting trafficking in stolen properties.”


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