Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

FLORIDA's 27th DISTRICT

Ros-Lehtinen, Díaz-Balart, y Curbelo Escriben al Director de USCIS Sobre Médicos Cubanos Varados en Colombia

2015/08/27

Ros-Lehtinen, Díaz-Balart, y Curbelo Escriben al Director de USCIS Sobre Médicos Cubanos Varados en Colombia

“Estoy complacida de que las aplicaciones de algunos médicos cubanos han sido aprobadas bajo el CMPP pero mucho más queda por hacer.”

Miami, FL – Congresistas Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL), y Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) escribieron al Director del Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración (conocido por sus siglas en inglés, USCIS), Leon Rodríguez, sobre los médicos cubanos actualmente elegibles para el programa de parole para los profesionales de salud cubanos (conocido por sus siglas en inglés, CMPP) quienes están actualmente en Colombia después de huir de Venezuela y están esperando una respuesta sobre su estatus. Adicionalmente, la oficina de Ros-Lehtinen ha empezado a recibir la noticia de que algunos de los casos CMPP han sido aprobados, aunque muchos más están pendientes de resolución.

Destacó Ros-Lehtinen:

“Estoy complacida de que las aplicaciones de algunos médicos cubanos han sido aprobadas bajo el CMPP pero mucho más queda por hacer. Mis colegas y yo estamos trabajando para asegurar que todos reciban la atención apropiada porque tomaron un gran riesgo en huir en misiones médicas para escapar de la horrible labor forzada orquestada por el régimen tiránico de los Castro. Urjo al Director Rodríguez que ayude a los que aplicaron y se encuentran en Colombia para que nuestra embajada procese estos casos y encuentre una resolución para estos profesionales de la salud cubanos quienes son elegibles para venir a los Estados Unidos.”

NOTA: Para leer la carta, haz clic aquí.

 

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Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart, and Curbelo Write Letter to USCIS Director on Behalf of Cuban Doctors in Colombia

2015/08/27

Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart, and Curbelo Write Letter to USCIS Director on Behalf of Cuban Doctors in Colombia

“I’m gratified that applications of a few Cuban doctors have been approved under the CMPP but much more remains to be done.”

Miami, FL – U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) sent a letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon Rodriguez regarding the Cuban doctors eligible for the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program (CMPP) who are currently in Colombia, after fleeing Venezuela, and awaiting a response concerning their status. Additionally, Ros-Lehtinen’s office has begun to receive notices that some of the CMPP cases have been approved although many more are still pending resolution.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“I’m gratified that applications of a few Cuban doctors have been approved under the CMPP but much more remains to be done. My colleagues and I are committed to ensuring the proper attention is paid to those who took a great risk by fleeing medical missions in order to escape the horrific forced labor environment orchestrated by the tyrannical Castro regime. I urge Director Rodriguez to assist the applicants in Colombia and our U.S. embassy to process these cases and find resolution for those Cuban medical professionals who are eligible to come to the United States.”

NOTE: To view the letter, please click here

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Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart, Curbelo Letter to USCIS Director Rodriguez

2015/08/27


Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart Letter to Amb Power Regarding The ILO

2015/08/26


Schedule Open Hearing Before Permit Decision on Miami International Boat Show, Says Ros-Lehtinen

2015/08/25

Schedule Open Hearing Before Permit Decision on Miami International Boat Show, Says Ros-Lehtinen

“I appreciate the Miami International Boat Show’s commitment to our community, and want to ensure all parties, including the residents of Key Biscayne, have the opportunity to be heard before any permitting decision is made.”

Miami, FL – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL – 27) sent a letter today to Colonel Alan M. Dodd, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District, urging him to hold a public hearing in advance of a decision by the USACE to issue a permit which would allow the Miami International Boat Show to use the Miami Marine Stadium, the Miami Marine Stadium Basin, and surrounding lands on Virginia Key. Village of Key Biscayne Mayor Mayra Peña Lindsey and others have expressed concerns about the potential negative environmental and traffic impacts an event the size of the Boat Show could bring and had previously requested a hearing in May of this year.

“Our community is a wonderful place for so many types of events, from conventions to boat shows. However, all South Floridians should have a say regarding the potential impacts major events may have on residents’ quality of life and our local environment. I appreciate the Miami International Boat Show’s commitment to our community, and want to ensure all parties, including the residents of Key Biscayne, have the opportunity to be heard before any permitting decision is made.”

NOTE: To view the letter, please click here

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Ros-Lehtinen Letter Regarding Public Hearing In Advance Of The Miami International Boat Show

2015/08/25


Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart, and Curbelo Letter Regarding Cuban Doctors in Colombia

2015/08/20


Ataques Personales Contra Mí Por Maduro Son Intentos De Crear Distracciones de sus Políticas Desastrosas, Dice Ros-Lehtinen

2015/08/19

Ataques Personales Contra Mí Por Maduro Son Intentos De Crear Distracciones de sus Políticas Desastrosas, Dice Ros-Lehtinen

“El pueblo de Venezuela sabe que la responsabilidad por estas dificultades no es por ningún elemento externo, sino que la responsabilidad recae directamente sobre los hombros de Maduro y su régimen corrupto.”

Miami, FL – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Presidente del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, hizo la siguiente declaración en respuesta a las falsas alegaciones del líder de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, de que la Congresista estaría financiando directamente la oposición venezolana. Destacó Ros-Lehtinen:

“Esta alegación falsa de Maduro es otro intento a preparar una distracción de sus lamentables políticas que han causado escasez de comida, alto desempleo, un proceso electoral fraudulento y una crisis económica. El pueblo de Venezuela sabe que la responsabilidad por estas dificultades no es por ningún elemento externo, sino que la responsabilidad recae directamente sobre los hombros de Maduro y su régimen corrupto. Es vergonzoso que el Presidente Obama se desentienda de los abusos a los derechos humanos en Venezuela y no haya agregado más nombres a la lista de violadores a quienes les será negada la entrada a los Estados Unidos y sus bienes serán congelados.”

NOTA: Por favor haga click aquí para leer el artículo de El Nuevo Herald reportando sobre estas alegaciones falsas.  

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Personal Attacks Against Me by Maduro Are Attempts to Cause a Distraction Away From Regime’s Dismal Policies, Says Ros-Lehtinen

2015/08/19

 Personal Attacks Against Me by Maduro Are Attempts to Cause a Distraction Away From Regime’s Dismal Policies, Says Ros-Lehtinen

“The people of Venezuela know that the fault for this hardship is not due to any outside element, but falls squarely on the shoulders of Maduro and his corrupt regime.”

Miami, FL – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement in response to Venezuela’s leader Nicolas Maduro’s false allegations about the Congresswoman directly giving money to the Venezuelan opposition. Statement from Ros-Lehtinen:

“This false claim by Maduro is another attempt to concoct a distraction away from his dismal policies that have caused food shortages, high unemployment, a fraudulent electoral process, and an economic crisis. The people of Venezuela know that the fault for this hardship is not due to any outside element, but falls squarely on the shoulders of Maduro and his corrupt regime.  It's heartbreaking that President Obama has looked the other way on the human rights abuses in Venezuela and has not added the many names that must be added to the list of violators so that they are denied entry to the US and their assets are frozen.”

NOTE: Please click on link to the article from El Nuevo Herald that reports about these false allegations: http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/mundo/america-latina/venezuela-es/article31497839.html

 

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Más Viajes de Turismo a Cuba Animará al Régimen de Castro y No Traerá Democracia al Pueblo de Cuba, Dice Ros-Lehtinen

2015/08/18

Más Viajes de Turismo a Cuba Animará al Régimen de Castro y No Traerá Democracia al Pueblo de Cuba, Dice Ros-Lehtinen

“Estos cambios llenarán los cofres de Castro y es otra parte de la lista para el Legado del Presidente Obama”

Miami, FL – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Presidente del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, hizo la siguiente declaración tras el artículo del Wall Street Journal en el que se reportan cambios propuestos por la Administración Obama sobre regulaciones de Cuba. De acuerdo al Wall Street Journal: “La Casa Blanca estaría buscando que las políticas de Irán y Cuba del Sr. Obama sigan la misma trayectoria que la ley de salud. La idea, funcionarios de la administración han dicho, es que al igual que la ley de salud, las iniciativas de Irán y Cuba se concentren fuertemente en los 18 meses finales del Sr. Obama de tal manera que deshacerse de ellos sea muy difícil.” Destacó Ros-Lehtinen:

“El 17 de Diciembre, el Presidente Obama anunció que utilizaría sus poderes ejecutivos para cambiar las regulaciones sobre Cuba y la nota del Wall Street Journal destaca que la administración Obama pondrá en acción más cambios sobre viajes para el final del año. Cualquier esfuerzo para incrementar viajes de turismo a la isla son ilegales y la Administración Obama nuevamente ha decidido cambiar la ley cuando es el rol del Congreso cambiar las leyes. Estos cambios llenarán los cofres de los Castro y es otra parte de la lista para el legado del Presidente Obama.

“En el Congreso me he unido a mis colegas el Congresista Devin Nunes (Presidente del Comité Selecto Permanente de Inteligencia), Mac Thornberry (Presidente del Comité de las Fuerzas Armadas), y Rodney Frelinghuysen (Presidente del Subcomité de Apropiaciones de Defensa) en presentar H.R. 2937, el Cuban Military Transparency Act. Esta legislación cuenta con 48 copatrocinadores y señala que el incremento en el turismo sólo beneficia al sector militar cubano debido a que esa entidad controla el turismo cubano. Los hoteles y las empresas de turismo son propiedad del régimen cubano y sus compañías ficticias operan en propiedades confiscadas de ciudadanos americanos de tal manera que la Administración Obama promueve el tráfico de propiedades robadas.” 

 

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On WPLG, Ros-Lehtinen Says She Will Vote Against Obama's Dangerous Deal With Iran

2015-08-26 21:53:55


En CNN en Español, Ros-Lehtinen Habla Sobre Los Ataques De Maduro En Su Contra

2015-08-21 10:59:02


En Telemundo, Ros-Lehtinen Dice Que Para Obama Las Leyes Son Solo Sugerencias

2015-08-20 16:46:53


Maduro Intenta Crear Distracciones Ocultando Sus Políticas Desastrosas, Dice Ros-Lehtinen

2015-08-20 16:09:12


On WPLG, Ros-Lehtinen Says That Obama Gives Concessions To Tyrants Without Concerns For Democracy

2015-08-16 15:58:30


On Fox News, Ros-Lehtinen Says: Obama's Legacy Driven Foreign Policy Threatens Our National Security

2015-08-15 17:55:35


Ros-Lehtinen on WSVN: Obama Continues To Appease Dictators Around The World

2015-08-15 17:41:14


Ros Lehtinen Dijo En Telemundo: Obama y Kerry Sacrifican Al Pueblo Cubano Para Apaciguar a Castro

2015-08-15 17:19:52


On WPLG, Ros-Lehtinen Says That Obama's Actions Help The Castro Regime And Not The Cuban People

2015-08-15 17:06:10


On CBS, Ros Lehtinen Says That Administration Has Abandoned Cuban Human Rights Activists

2015-08-15 16:48:32


On CNN Ros-Lehtinen Decries The Administration's Unconditional SurrenderTo The Castro Regime

2015-08-14 21:25:40


On CNN, Ros-Lehtinen Said That The Administration Is Slow In Supplying Our Allies Fighting ISIL

2015-08-14 21:13:16


On MSNBC, Ros-Lehtinen Said That Obama's Capitulations Only Help The Cuban Regime

2015-08-14 13:35:49


On CBS Miami, Ros-Lehtinen said that it is disheartening to see Obama's surrender to Castro

2015-08-13 22:38:15


On WSVN, Ros-Lehtinen Said That Obama Is Willing To Ignore Dissidents In Cuba To Appease Castro

2015-08-12 23:05:43


En Univision, Ros-Lehtinen Dice Seguirá Luchando Por Los DDHH En Cuba

2015-08-12 22:51:25


On CBS Miami: Ros-Lehtinen Comments On The Opening Of The American Embassy In Havana

2015-08-12 22:45:53


On WPLG, Ros-Lehtinen Says That Obama Has Capitulated To The Castro Regime

2015-08-12 22:23:41


Ros-Lehtinen Voices Her Concerns About Existing Threats To Press Freedom In Our Hemisphere

2015-07-30 18:05:46


Ros-Lehtinen Points To The Similarities Between The Deals With Iran And North Korea

2015-07-29 22:39:45


Contact Information

2206 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3931
Fax 202-225-5620
ros-lehtinen.house.gov

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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