Congressional Black Caucus Members Should Have Visited Political Prisoners & Their Families in Cuba

Thursday, April 9, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Sagnip (609) 585-7878

April 9, 2009

Congressional Black Caucus Members Should Have Visited Political Prisoners & Their Families in Cuba
Smith, Wolf to Try a 3rd Time for Visas; Ask Cubans ‘Let Us In’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressmen Chris Smith (NJ-4th) and Frank Wolf (VA-10th), leading human rights advocates in Congress, will hold a press conference Thursday on the House Congressional Black Caucus Delegation’s visit to Cuba and meeting with Fidel Castro, and on Cuba’s latest push for normalized relations with the United States in order to tap into lucrative American tourism and commerce, while ignoring the fate of political prisoners and lack of freedom on the island nation.

In February Smith and Wolf were denied entry into Cuba.

Who: Congressmen Frank Wolf and Chris Smith
What: Cuba’s Political Prisoners & U.S. Relations
When: Thursday, April 9, @ 10 a.m.
Where: Cannon House Office Building Terrace (Independence Ave. & N.J. Avenue)

Smith, a newly appointed House Delegate to the United Nations, and Wolf, have been attempting a humanitarian visit to check on political prisoners in the island nation. Smith is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its Western Hemisphere Subcommittee. He had expected to travel to Cuba in February with Wolf, but the government has refused to allow the visit by not providing a visa.

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