More Castro Regime Visas (and Barbara Lee Fetes)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The Obama Administration has granted three more Castro regime officials U.S. visas.

In May, it granted U.S. visas to Cuban dictator Raul Castro's daughter, Mariela, and to 60 other regime officials, in order to attend a Latin American Studies Association (LASA) conference in San Francisco.

This time, the Castro regime officials have been granted visas to attend an AIDS conference in Washington, D.C.

They are:

Dr. Lorenzo Jorge Perez Avila, Director of the Pedro Kouri Tropical Medicine Institute
Luis Estruch RancaƱo, Deputy Minister of Public Health, Cuba
Maria Isela Lantero, Director of the AIDS Programs, Cuba

These officials are also being feted by U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) at an event on Capitol Hill tomorrow, where they will laud "[the] very promising work happening in Cuba."

Never mind that the Castro regime's solution to HIV/AIDS on the island has been to involuntarily place Cubans suffering from the disease in isolated sanitarium prisons.

In other words, to further violate their civil liberties.


As we posted last year, the Castro regime has five prison facilities for Cubans suffering from HIV/AIDS. Many of its inmates are sent to these facilities under the draconian "Law Against Social Dangerousness," a measure also used against political prisoners.

Below is a picture of the Santa Clara HIV/AIDS prison where over 235 inmates are held. Note that the International Committee on the Red Cross and U.N.'s Special Rapporteur Against Torture are not allowed to enter Cuba and inspect these facilities.

Thus, no accountability whatsoever.

How would Barbara Lee like it if everyone in her Oakland district suffering from HIV/AIDS was involuntarily imprisoned?

Isn't that antithetic to what being a liberal is supposedly all about?

As for the Obama Administration, when will it stop rewarding Castro regime officials with U.S. visas despite violating the fundamental rights of the Cuban people (not to mention of an American hostage)?

Enough is enough.