Ros-Lehtinen: Pleas of Cuba's Democracy Leaders Fall on Obama's Deaf Ears

Saturday, October 15, 2016
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement in response to the Cuba regulatory changes announced by the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Commerce:

"This latest round of regulatory changes, like the ones before it, will do nothing for the suffering Cuban people and will instead further enrich the coffers of Castro state owned entities while crushing the hopes that 11 million Cubans have for freedom, democracy and human rights. While the Castro communist dictatorship keeps an iron grip on the people with one fist, the other hand is extending its dictatorial power as it receives more and more dollars from these rollbacks of regulations. For years, through hunger strikes and peaceful marches, the Cuban people have pleaded for their voices to be heard and are risking their lives in record numbers to flee the island as changes like these make their lives worse but, unfortunately, their pleas are falling on deaf ears.”