Diaz-Balart: False to Pretend Biz With Castro Regime Helps Cuban People

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Congressman Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the Obama Administration announced further concessions to encourage business with the Castro dictatorship:

"Once again, the Obama administration seeks to appease the Castro dictators with weakened sanctions, and justifies the policy by conflating the Cuban people with the brutal dictatorship that oppresses them. It is false to pretend that doing business with the Castro regime helps the Cuban people. Instead, and in contravention of U.S. law, the new regulations provide a boost to the Castro brothers’ state-owned monopolies.

Right now, the American people are preparing to exercise the fundamental right to vote. In contrast, the illegitimate Castro regime will continue to suppress expression, tighten its grip on power, and harass, beat, detain, and imprison pro-democracy activists. Just last month, there were 570 documented political arrests in Cuba, for a total of at least 8,505 so far this year. President Obama should pursue a policy that empowers the Cuban people and encourages pro-democracy activists, rather than enriching and embracing those who oppress them.”