Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

FLORIDA's 27th DISTRICT

Ros-Lehtinen Responde a Demandas del Régimen de Castro Pidiendo la Devolución de la Base Naval de la Bahía Guantánamo a Cuba

2015/01/29

Ros-Lehtinen Responde a Demandas del Régimen de Castro Pidiendo la Devolución de la Base Naval de la Bahía Guantánamo a Cuba

(Washington, DC) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidente del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, hizo la siguiente declaración sobre las demandas del régimen de Castro sobre el futuro de la Base Naval de la Bahía de Guantánamo. Destacó Ros-Lehtinen:

“Una de las precondiciones del régimen cubano como parte de los esfuerzos de normalización es la demanda de la entrega por parte de los Estados Unidos del territorio ocupado por la Base Naval de la Bahía de Guantánamo. De conformidad al acuerdo legalmente vinculante entre los Estados Unidos y Cuba sobre Guantánamo  ‘mientras los Estados Unidos de América no abandone la mencionada base naval de Guantánamo, los dos gobiernos no acordaran una modificación de sus límites presentes y la estación continuara teniendo la misma área territorial que tiene en este momento.’

“La Base Naval de la Bahía de Guantánamo es estratégicamente importante para la seguridad nacional de los Estados Unidos. Nuestro personal militar ha afirmado que juega un papel clave como un centro logístico de apoyo de varios esfuerzos prioritarios en la región. El Presidente no debe permitir que esta base estratégica sea coercida fuera de las manos de los Estados Unidos por los hermanos Castro bajo ningún concepto.

“Los hermanos Castro nuevamente han hecho sus intenciones sobre los Estados Unidos clara: planean utilizar el ejemplo Iraní como un intento de extorsionar y conseguir concesiones de la administración Obama a cambio de nada. Notablemente ausente de las demandas del régimen, no sorprendente, es alguna oferta para compensar a los cubanos y los norteamericanos cuyas tierras y propiedades fueron expropiadas por el régimen de Castro, o algún compromiso de cambio en su naturaleza opresiva, sus violaciones de derechos humanos o detener su apoyo al terrorismo.”

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Ros-Lehtinen Responds to Castro Regime’s Demands for U.S. to Return Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to Cuba

2015/01/28

Ros-Lehtinen Responds to Castro Regime’s Demands for U.S. to Return Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to Cuba

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement regarding the Castro regime’s demands about the future of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay:

“One of the Cuban regime’s preconditions as part of the ongoing normalization efforts is the demand for the United States to turn over the territory that Naval Station Guantanamo Bay currently occupies. According to the legally binding agreement between the U.S. and Cuba regarding Guantanamo: ‘so long as the United States of America shall not abandon the said naval station of Guantanamo or the two Governments shall not agree to a modification of its present limits, the station shall continue to have the territorial area that it now has.’

“Naval Station Guantanamo Bay is strategically important for U.S. national security, and as our own military personnel have said, also plays a key role as a logistical hub in support of a variety of U.S. priority efforts in the region. The President must not allow this strategic asset to be extorted from the U.S. by the Castro brothers at any cost.

“The Castro brothers, once again, have made their intent toward the United States clear: they plan to use the Iranian playbook in an attempt to extort concessions from the Obama administration in exchange for nothing. Noticeably absent from the regime’s demands, not surprisingly, is any offer to compensate the Cubans and Americans who had their land and property seized by the Castro regime, any change in its oppressive nature and abysmal human rights practices, and to halt its support for terrorism.”

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Trabajando Para Eliminar El Tráfico Humano, Ros-Lehtinen Apoya Doce Importantes Proyectos de Ley

2015/01/27

Trabajando Para Eliminar El Tráfico Humano, Ros-Lehtinen Apoya Doce Importantes Proyectos de Ley

“El tráfico humano es un acto inmoral, criminal, y censurable que tenemos que trabajar para eliminar. Al proveer los recursos necesarios para combatir el tráfico humano y ayudar a las víctimas de estos actos crueles, podemos disminuir y eliminar esta crisis inhumana.”

(Washington, DC) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL) anunció su apoyo a 12 proyectos de ley importantes para combatir el tráfico humano mundialmente. Estos proyectos de ley ayudarán a empoderar la policía, castigar a los traficantes, aumentar el conocimiento del problema, y proveer recursos para víctimas del tráfico humano. Ros-Lehtinen, co-patrocinadora del Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act también ha apoyado el Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act e International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking en otros congresos.Ella tambien estará presentando una Resolución con las Congresistas Carolyn Maloney (D – NY) y Rosa DeLauro (D – CT) que expresa el compromiso del Congreso a combatir el tráfico humano.

Los proyectos son:

•             H.R. 514 – Human Trafficking Prioritization Act

•             H.R. 515 – International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking

•             H.R. 357 – Human Trafficking Prevention Act

•             H.R. 468 – Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims for Youth Trafficking Act of 2015

•             H.R. 469 – Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2015

•             H.R. 246 – To improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking

•             H.R. 398 – Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act of 2015

•             H.R. 460 – Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2015

•             H.R. 350 – Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act of 2015

•             H.R. 159 – Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act of 2015

•             H.R. 181 – Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015

•             H.R. 285 – Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act of 2015   

Destacó Ros-Lehtinen:

“El tráfico humano es un acto inmoral, criminal, y censurable que tenemos que trabajar para eliminar. Al proveer los recursos necesarios para combatir el tráfico humano y ayudar a las víctimas de estos actos crueles, podemos disminuir y eliminar esta crisis inhumana. Estos proyectos son un primer paso importante para eliminar el tráfico humano pero mucho queda por hacer.”

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Members Recognize 70th Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz with Bipartisan Resolution

2015/01/27

Members Recognize 70th Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz with Bipartisan Resolution

(Washington, DC) Today, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-21) announced the introduction of a bipartisan congressional resolution with Reps. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Eliot Engel (NY-16), Nita Lowey (NY-17), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Steve Israel (NY-03), and Peter Roskam (IL-06) recognizing the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz that took place on January 27, 1945. More than 1.1 million people lost their lives in the Auschwitz concentration camps, making it one of the deadliest manifestations of the Nazi’s Final Solution plan to commit genocide against the Jewish people. Today, millions of people around the world remember those who lost their lives in the Holocaust through the United Nations’ designation of January 27th as International Day of Commemoration. 

The sponsors of H.Res. 49 (available for download here) issued the following joint statement on its introduction:

“More than 1.1 million men, women, and children, the vast majority of them Jewish, perished within the walls of the Auschwitz death camps before it was liberated by Soviet troops 70 years ago today. The horrific methods for systematic murder employed at Auschwitz, including mass executions, gas chambers, starvation, and torture, encapsulated the brutality of the Nazi regime that claimed the lives of over 11 million people and successfully exterminated more than 60 percent of the pre-war Jewish population in Europe. 

“We offer this resolution today out of our shared responsibility to ensure the world knows what evil is possible when hatred and intolerance go unchecked and basic human dignity is denied. In light of the recent anti-Semitic attacks around the world, most recently in France, it is important that on International Holocaust Remembrance Day we memorialize those lost by standing united against anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry and prejudice.”

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Working to End Human Trafficking, Ros-Lehtinen Supports Twelve Important Bills

2015/01/27

Working to End Human Trafficking, Ros-Lehtinen Supports Twelve Important Bills

“Human trafficking is an immoral, reprehensible, and downright criminal act that we must work to end. By providing resources to combat human trafficking and help the victims of these cruel acts, we can help diminish and eliminate this inhuman crisis.”

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL) announced her support of 12 important bills to combat human trafficking throughout the world. These bills will help empower law enforcement, punish traffickers, increase awareness, and provide resources for victims of human trafficking. Ros-Lehtinen, a co-sponsor of Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act, has also supported the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act and International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking in past Congresses. She will also be introducing a resolution with Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D –NY) and Rosa DeLauro (D – CT) that expresses Congress’ commitment to stopping human trafficking.

The bills are:

  • H.R. 514 – Human Trafficking Prioritization Act
  • H.R. 515 – International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking
  • H.R. 357 – Human Trafficking Prevention Act
  • H.R. 468 – Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims for Youth Trafficking Act of 2015
  • H.R. 469 – Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2015
  • H.R. 246 – To improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking
  • H.R. 398 – Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act of 2015
  • H.R. 460 – Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2015
  • H.R. 350 – Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act of 2015
  • H.R. 159 – Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act of 2015
  • H.R. 181 – Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015
  • H.R. 285 – Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act of 2015

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Human trafficking is an immoral, reprehensible, and downright criminal act that we must work to end. By providing resources to combat human trafficking and help the victims of these cruel acts, we can help diminish and eliminate this inhuman crisis. These bills are an important first step toward ending human trafficking but much work is still left to be done.”

 

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As Negotiations Continue, Iran’s Support For Terror Has Increased, Says Ros-Lehtinen

2015/01/27

            As Negotiations Continue, Iran’s Support For Terror Has Increased, Says Ros-Lehtinen

“The Administration’s goal is not to prevent Iran from ever getting a nuclear weapon”

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing entitled “Iran Nuclear Negotiations After the Second Extension: Where Are They Going?.” Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“The first sanctions the U.S. began imposing against Iran were terrorism related, and that is being largely neglected as these ill-conceived, secret and misguided nuclear negotiations continue to be extended for reasons passing understanding.

In fact, as the negotiations continue Iran’s support for terror has not waned, it has actually increased. Tehran calculates that President Obama is more willing to blame Congress for the talks failing than he is likely to blame this murderous and dangerous regime. So the result is the Obama administration capitulates to Iran’s demands and we get nothing while Iran’s dangerous actions continue to spread.

We need look no further than the President’s own “success story” in Yemen. Just a few days ago, the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels wrested control from Yemen’s capital and its government, giving Iran effective control over four Arab capitals. Yet the administration carries on alienating our allies and appeasing our enemies, even enlisting Iran as an asset – just think about that – in the battle against al-Qaeda in Yemen and ISIL in Iraq and in Syria. These are situations for which Iran’s terror proxies are responsible, and now the administration finds itself on the same side as Iran.

Yet all of this is off the table – it’s not a part of the nuclear negotiations and the reality of the situation belies the President’s narrative; The President threatens to veto Congress’ attempt to hold Iran accountable yet deadlines are repeatedly missed, Iran continues to impede the IAEA’s verification efforts at every turn and there are still numerous other issues regarding the possible military dimension of Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Recently, it was reported that Iran, along with North Korea, is helping to build missile sites and a nuclear reactor in Syria, likely to outsource its enrichment capabilities to its proxy in Damascus, which would not be a violation of the JPOA. Iran continues its research and development of more advanced centrifuges, yet that also is not a violation according to this administration. Iran’s giving oil to Syria – not a violation.

And it was announced that Iran, with help from Russia, is actually building two new nuclear reactors – and also somehow that is not a violation. And of course, Iran’s continued progress on its ICBM program, its spread of terror its support for terror groups, and its worsening human rights record were never even on the table to begin with. So what exactly will the administration consider a violation?

The implications for these nuclear negotiations are far reaching than just in the near term and we cannot be willing to carry on with this farce while Iran perfects its enrichment, its weaponization, its missile programs. So to the panel: does any of this indicate whatsoever that Iran’s is intent on actually reaching a nuclear agreement, or is the regime using the guise of diplomacy to further its ambitions, including creating a nuclear weapon?

Lastly, last week Tony Blinken confirmed what most of us already knew: the administration’s goal is not to prevent Iran from ever getting a nuclear weapon – it is merely to delay that action. Even if we are successful in delaying nuclear capability for Iran for a year or two, will that be enough to assuage other countries in the region, like the Saudis and the Emiratis from seeking their own nuclear capabilities?

Do you believe that the administration would be willing to walk away from the negotiations if the status quo remains?”

 

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As the keynote speaker for the Heritage Foundation’s Human Rights Conference, Ros-Lehtinen emphasized the importance of making human rights an essential part of American foreign policy.

2015/01/23


Rep. Ros-Lehtinen and her staff met with students from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School and explained how she works every day to advance South Florida’s interests in Congress

2015/01/23


This week, the Jordanian Ambassador and Princess visited with Rep. Ros-Lehtinen and reaffirmed Jordan’s status as a reliable ally in the fight against ISIL terrorists.

2015/01/23


After Wednesday’s State of the Union address, Sgt. Tahmooressi and Rep. Ros-Lehtinen discussed the President’s speech and his recovery after being unfairly detained in Mexico.

2015/01/23


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I am proud to represent Florida’s 27th Congressional District, a diverse area which includes Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Hialeah, Key Biscayne, Little Havana, Miami, Pinecrest, South Miami, and Westchester.

I was born in Havana, Cuba on July 1952. At the age of eight, my family and I were forced to flee from the oppressive communist regime of Fidel Castro. We settled in Miami and put down permanent roots in our community. I attended Southside Elementary School in Little Havana, West Miami Junior High, and Southwest High School. In the years following, I earned an Associate of Arts degree from Miami-Dade Community College in 1972, Bachelors and Masters Degree in Education from Florida International University in 1975 and 1985 respectively, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Miami in 2004. I consider education a lifelong journey.

I began my career as a Florida certified teacher. I also founded and served as the principal and teacher of a private bilingual elementary school in Hialeah. I was inspired to enter public service by many of the parents and students; to fight on their behalf for a stronger educational system, lower taxes, and a brighter economic future.

In 1982 I was elected to the Florida State House of Representatives and the Florida Senate in 1986, becoming the first Hispanic woman to serve in either body. In the state legislature I authored the Florida Prepaid College Plan, which is now the largest pre paid college tuition program in the nation. More than one million Florida families have used this program to send their children to college.

I was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1989– the first Hispanic woman to serve in Congress–following a special election to fill the seat held by the late Claude Pepper. I have been strongly returned to Congress since, winning 60% of the vote in 2012.

To this day, I remain committed to improving the lives of my constituents and our beautiful South Florida community. As the economy remains a pressing issue, I support reducing taxes and cutting back unnecessary government spending. I also support plans to balance the federal budget and increase tax incentives for small businesses and middle class families. South Florida has also felt the devastating effects of the housing crisis. I have fought to end predatory lending practices by mortgage companies and extend the first time homebuyers tax credit.

Given my background in education, I have worked to strengthen the Head Start program. I have also supported legislation to increase the availability to student financial aid and revise the cumbersome and complicated Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) process.

I am a strong advocate of programs that address the serious problem of domestic violence against women. I was a lead sponsor of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which increases resources towards the prosecution of domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault. I also support legislation to increase criminal penalties for perpetrators of Medicare fraud. Medicare fraud is a deplorable practice which robs hardworking seniors of the benefits they spent a lifetime earning, while also wasting billions in taxpayer dollars.

As the wife of a Vietnam veteran and step-mother to Marine aviators, I am passionate about improving our nation’s military, safeguarding veteran’s health care, and ensuring that returning veterans have access to a college education. I have been an outspoken critic of the Miami VA’s recent failures to notify veterans who were at risk of infection, due to contaminated colonoscopy equipment. I also authored legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). These women pioneers had been denied recognition for their service during World War II.

I am Chairman emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and am now Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. In this role, I continue to voice my strong support for the state of Israel and human rights, including my opposition to Castro’s dictatorial regime in Cuba. I have also led on pressing foreign policy issues including the fight against Islamist extremism, and support of free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.

I also serve as a member of the House Committee on Rules. This Committee decides what legislation makes it to the House floor and its members are chosen by the Speaker of the House. My priorities as a member of this Committee is to get our nation’s economy back on track and ensure passage of legislation that betters the state of our nation.

I am the proud wife to Dexter Lehtinen, mother and step-mother to 4 adult children, and grandmother to two beautiful baby girls – Morgan Elizabeth and Caroline Grace.


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