Apertura de Embajada Americana en Cuba No Beneficia Causa de la Libertad y Democracia del Pueblo Cubano, Dice Ros-Lehtinen
“La apertura de la embajada en Cuba no le brinda ningún beneficio al pueblo cubano y es sólo otro intento trivial del Presidente Obama para conseguir un legado.”
(Washington, DC) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidente del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte hizo la siguiente declaración tras reportes de que el Departamento de Estado pudiera anunciar la apertura de una embajada en La Habana, Cuba. Destacó Ros-Lehtinen:
“No había duda que la administración Obama buscaría cumplir su meta de abrir una embajada en Cuba, a pesar de la triste realidad en la isla. Desde el anuncio de Obama el 17 de diciembre, el Departamento de Estado ha fracasado al no condenar el incremento de la represión ya que el régimen de Castro se siente motivado a continuar sus ataques en contra del pueblo cubano. Luchadores por la libertad tales como las Damas de Blanco, Jorge Luis Pérez García Antunez, Yris Pérez Aguilera y otros líderes pro-democráticos son habitualmente acosados, golpeados y encarcelados mientras la Administración Obama continua dándole la espalda al pueblo cubano en búsqueda de alcanzar la meta de proveer cuantas concesiones sean posibles al régimen Castrista. No es sorprendente que esta Administración ha demostrado que al tomar decisiones, la politiquería es más importante que la política exterior de nuestro país. La apertura de la embajada en Cuba no le brinda ningún beneficio al pueblo cubano y es sólo otro intento trivial del Presidente Obama para conseguir un legado.”
Opening of American Embassy in Cuba Does Not Help The Cause of Freedom and Democracy For the People of Cuba, Says Ros-Lehtinen
“Opening the American Embassy in Cuba will do nothing to help the Cuban people and is just another trivial attempt for President Obama to go legacy shopping.”
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement regarding reports of an announcement that the Department of State will open an embassy in Havana, Cuba. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“There was little doubt that the Obama administration would pursue its goal of opening an embassy in Cuba no matter the sad reality on the ground. Since Obama's December 17th announcement, the State Department has failed to forcibly condemn the increase of repression on the island now that the Castro regime feels emboldened to continue its attacks against the Cuban people. As the Ladies in White, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez Antunez, Yris Perez Aguilera, and other pro-democracy leaders are routinely harassed, beaten, and imprisoned, the Obama administration has continued to turn its back on the Cuban people in order to pursue its goal of providing as many concessions as possible to the Castro regime. Not surprisingly, this administration has shown that politics trump policy in its decision-making process. Opening the American Embassy in Cuba will do nothing to help the Cuban people and is just another trivial attempt for President Obama to go legacy shopping.”
With Iran Deal Extension, Obama Administration Buys More Time to Capitulate to Iranian Demands, Says Ros-Lehtinen
“Continuing to move back the goal posts signals to Iran that we are so desperate for any deal that we are willing to give away the store in order to get to yes”
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement as the State Department announced the Iran nuclear deadline will be extended to July 7, 2015 – one week past the original deadline of June 30th, 2015. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“With the deadline pushed back, it allows the Obama administration and the rest of the P5+1 more time to find even more egregious ways to capitulate to outrageous demands from the Iranian regime. Continuing to move back the goal posts signals to Iran that we are so desperate for any deal that we are willing to give away the store in order to get to yes.
“The idea that the United States is giving up on access to Iran’s military sites because we ourselves would never allow it shows just how far down the rabbit hole we have gone. If President Obama and Secretary Kerry believe that there is even an ounce of moral equivalence between the U.S. and Iran, then this deal will be even worse than our worst fears. It is becoming more and more apparent that it will be up to Congress to secure our interests and prevent a nuclear Iran.”Read More
Another Missed Nuclear Deadline Isn’t An Opportunity For President Obama and P5+1 to Cave to More Iranian Demands; Negotiators Must Get Tough on Regime or Walk Away, Says Ros-Lehtinen
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement ahead of the June 30th deadline for the P5+1 and Iran to reach a nuclear accord. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“As the June 30th nuclear deadline is set to pass, it’s clear that Iran is attempting to extract even more concessions from the P5+1 in an effort to make this weak deal even more ineffectual in constraining its nuclear weapons program. The fact that President Obama and the other world leaders are even considering allowing questions related to Iran’s possible military dimension to go unanswered or for Iran to block nuclear inspections at key military facilities only signals to the regime that it has the upper hand. This is not an opportunity for the President to cave to more Iranian demands, but to impose his own over the regime’s nuclear program or else walk away from the talks, reinstate all previously waived or suspended sanctions, and impose new and stricter sanctions against Iran.”Read More
Palestinian Actions at ICC Trigger U.S. Law Requiring Suspension of Aid; Administration Must Immediately Cut Funding to PA, Says Ros-Lehtinen
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement in response to the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) actions triggering United States Public Law 113-235 which prohibits assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) if “the Palestinians initiate an International Criminal Court (ICC) judicially authorized investigation, or actively support such an investigation, that subjects Israeli nationals to an investigation for alleged crimes against Palestinians.” On June 25, 2015, the PLO delivered documents to the ICC in support of an investigation. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“As the PLO has admitted, the Palestinians have provided information to the ICC in active support of moving toward a formal investigation of Israeli nationals. U.S. law has clearly been triggered requiring the suspension of aid to the PA if the Palestinians actively support such an investigation at the ICC. The administration must immediately enforce the law and cut funding to the PA. By blatantly ignoring the law’s language and purposefully misinterpreting Congress’ intent, the Obama administration is only emboldening Abu Mazen to continue his campaign at the ICC and elsewhere and is undermining peace between Palestinians and the democratic Jewish State of Israel in the process.”Read More
Ros-Lehtinen Applauds Supreme Court Decision Legalizing Marriage Equality
"The union of two people in marriage should not be based on gender, but on love."
Miami, Florida - Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen made the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, which will effectively legalize marriage equality across our nation. Ros-Lehtinen, an advocate of LGBT rights, has worked arduously in Congress to ensure same-sex couples have the same rights as heterosexual married couples. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"Our nation was founded on the basis of equal rights and today, the Supreme Court’s decision reflected our values. The ability to marry is now a right all Americans have and we no longer must wonder why one class of people has been singled out under the law. Simply put, and the majority of Americans would agree, the union of two people in marriage should not be based on gender, but on love."
Ros-Lehtinen and Connolly Reintroduce Resolution Condemning China’s Persecution and Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners and Prisoners of Conscience
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, and Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA), were joined by Reps. Rohrabacher (R-CA), Poe (R-TX), Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Brownley (D-CA), Farr (D-CA), and Valadao (R-CA), in reintroducing H. Res. 343, a resolution condemning state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience in China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen: “The Chinese regime’s gruesome practice of organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience is a barbarous violation of human rights and must be stopped. All people have the inherent and fundamental human right to practice their spiritual beliefs without fear of harassment, including Falun Gong followers. China should immediately end its systematic campaign of propaganda, imprisonment, and abuse against those who practice Falun Gong, release all prisoners of conscience, and allow an independent investigation into its state-sanctioned organ harvesting. I urge all my colleagues in the House to join Gerry and myself in cosponsoring and passing this resolution to help draw attention to the horrific human rights abuses, treatment, and persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.”
Statement by Connolly: “In the face of international condemnation, the Chinese Communist Party continues its brutal campaign against the spiritual movement of Falun Gong. The movement’s peaceful practitioners are persecuted and live in constant fear of state-sponsored abuse. This resolution advocates on behalf of their basic human rights and freedom and I hope my colleagues will continue to support strong advocacy on behalf of Falun Gong practitioners.”
Cuban and Venezuelan Ties to FARC Terrorist Group Are Cause for Skepticism in Colombia Talks, Says Ros-Lehtinen
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement at a Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere hearing entitled, “Colombia: Peace with the FARC?” Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Thank you Chairman Duncan and Ranking Member Sires. When discussing the ongoing peace talks between the Colombian government and the U.S. designated terrorist group, FARC, it is vital that we examine all the ramifications. And the first problem is where these talks are being held, in Cuba, under the auspices of the Castro regime, where repression is the order of the day.
But it isn’t just the Castro brothers – who have known sympathies for terrorists and a proclivity for undermining U.S. interests whenever and wherever possible – who have been acting as interlocutors; Maduro in Venezuela and Chavez before him have also been doing this. The Castro brothers, Maduro, and Chavez when he was alive, cannot be trusted, cannot be seen as neutral interlocutors because they all benefitted greatly from their relationship with the terrorist group FARC through financing by the drug trade. The materials captured from the 2008 raid of a FARC camp in Ecuador confirmed the cooperation between Venezuelan officials and FARC members. And now Castro has used the charade of these FARC talks to give the Obama administration the cover it needed to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. We must remain highly skeptical of these talks.
Mr. Chairman, many Cuban nationals in Colombia who are doctors have escaped from their medical slave camps in Venezuela. They sought asylum in Colombia. Under U.S. law, these eligible Cuban nationals can come to the United States under the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, yet these Cubans in Colombia are having problems with our embassy vetting their cases. Are our embassies in Latin America sending a message to Cuban nationals that are seeking asylum that due to this dangerous establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba that the legitimate cases of Cuban asylum cases will no longer be welcome? Today, I was joined by my colleagues Mario Diaz-Balart, Albio Sires, and Carlos Curbelo in sending a letter to Ambassador Whitaker and immigration Director Rodriguez urging our government to prioritize these cases and allow any eligible Cuban to come to the United States. And Mr. Chairman, I’ll ask for unanimous consent to make these letters a part of the record. I yield back. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.”
“Thank you so much, Mr. Chairman. Mr. Aronson, On February 28th, the Colombian Navy seized a Chinese freighter en route to Havana. And the vessel’s cargo? Around 100 tons of powder, 2.6 million detonators, 99 projectiles and around 3,000 cannon shells. The weapons and the war materiel were hidden in the hold of the ship under 28,451 tons of cereal. Colombia’s defense minister had said that his military had confiscated and destroyed the war materiel from the FARC. So the Chinese ship was captured by the Colombian Navy and it was scheduled to make stops in the Colombian ports of Cartagena and Barranquilla. So Mr. Aronson, in your trips to Cuba, did you ask the Cuban authorities if the large weapons shipment bought by Havana was intended for the FARC? Did you ask the Cuban authorities the reason for hiding the shipment under tons of grain?
If I could interrupt, but when you talk about peace talks, and you have a vessel’s cargo filled with mar material, and then you have these peace talks that are going on in Cuba and it’s given as a justification for trying to lift all kinds of sanctions, it calls into question what these peace talks are all about. If the peace is about the FARC, and the FARC, according to the Colombian defense minister, he says it’s for the FARC. And the FARC is talking in Cuba with Colombians about peace. What are they doing with 100 tons of powder? 2.6 million detonators? Is that outside of your scope? It’s about peace talks with a group that is transferring war material.
I remain very skeptical about these talks due to so many questions that remain about justice for victims, human rights, disarmament, impunity. And last month, along with my colleagues, Mario Diaz-Balart and Carlos Curbelo, we wrote a letter to Attorney General Lynch expressing our concern that Simon Trinidad may be permitted to attend the talks in Cuba. Trinidad was the only person held responsible for the hostage taking of three Americans. He was convicted of that crime in U.S. courts, sentenced to 60 years. It’s not the first time the Obama administration releases criminals who have targeted or even killed U.S. citizens. Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Cuban Five, was released by Obama. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder of three Americans and one U.S. resident. I fear that the Obama administration may offer up FARC leader Simon Trinidad in return for nothing in these talks. You recently stated that Trinidad has not been discussed at all with the FARC. So my first question is: has the FARC requested to anyone, do you know of anyone they have requested for the U.S. to allow Simon Trinidad to attend the talks in Cuba? So, as far as you know, no one has discussed Trinidad with the FARC, which I think is one of their top priorities. Have you discussed Trinidad’s fate indirectly with the FARC or through Colombians or other interlocutors?
Thank you, and I just have a few seconds left. Has the FARC asked the United States to remove the FARC from the Foreign Terrorist Organization list if a deal is signed? Is the U.S. considering removing FARC from the terrorist list? Thank you.”
Ros-Lehtinen, Duncan, Díaz-Balart, Sires, y Curbelo Envían Carta Solicitando Asistencia Para Personal Médico Cubano en Colombia
“Los Estados Unidos deben continuar ayudando al pueblo de Cuba y asegurar que los solicitantes bajo el CMPP reciban consideración justa bajo la ley”
Miami, Florida – Hoy, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) Presidente del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, Jeff Duncan (R-SC) Presidente del Subcomité del Hemisferio Occidental, Mario Díaz-Balart (R – FL), Albio Sires (D – NJ), Miembro de Alto Rango del Comité del Hemisferio Occidental y Carlos Curbelo (R – FL), enviaron cartas al Embajador de los EEUU en Colombia, Kevin Whitaker y al Director del USCIS, León Rodríguez solicitando asistencia en los casos de los ciudadanos cubanos Raquel Lobato, Martha Martín y Oddy Ginarte que están en Colombia buscando ingresar a los Estados Unidos bajo el Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program (CMPP por sus siglas en inglés.) Tras un reporte de El Nuevo Herald, los tres solicitantes buscaron entrar a los Estados Unidos bajo el CMPP y no les fue permitidos abordar sus vuelos saliendo de Colombia. Destacó Ros-Lehtinen
"El Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program (CMPP) fue diseñado para que personal médico pudiese escapar la opresión brutal que caracteriza el régimen de Castro que utiliza este trabajo forzoso para sus propios fines políticos. Los Estados Unidos deben continuar ayudando al pueblo de Cuba y asegurar que los solicitantes bajo el CMPP reciban consideración justa bajo la ley.”
Para ver las cartas, por favor haga click aquí para la carta al Director Rodriguez y haga click aquí para la carta al Embajador Whitaker.
Ros-Lehtinen, Duncan, Diaz-Balart, Sires, and Curbelo Send Letter Asking For Assistance For Cuban Medical Personnel in Colombia
“The United States must continue to help the people of Cuba and ensure that all petitioners under CMPP be given full and fair consideration under the law.”
Miami, Florida – Today, Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Jeff Duncan (R – SC), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Mario Diaz-Balart (R – FL), Albio Sires (D – NJ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, and Carlos Curbelo (R – FL), sent letters to the U.S. Ambassador to Colombia, Kevin Whitaker, and USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez asking for assistance in the cases of Cuban nationals Raquel Lobato, Martha Martín, and Oddy Ginarte who are in Colombia seeking to enter the United States under the Cuban Medical Professional Parole (CMPP) Program. As El Nuevo Herald has reported, all three petitioners sought to enter the United States under the CMPP and were not allowed to board their flight leaving Colombia.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"The Cuban Medical Professional Parole (CMPP) Program was designed so medical personnel are able to flee the brutal oppression that characterizes the Castro regime which uses this forced labor for its own political means. The United States must continue to help the people of Cuba and ensure that all petitioners under CMPP be given full and fair consideration under the law.”
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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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