Democrats Of Radical Left Urge Biden To Lift Sanctions on Cuba, But Dissidents Oppose
They also asked Washington to reinstate the staff of its embassy in Havana and remove Cuba from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism.
The time for such a letter to the White House could not be worse. President Joe Biden's administration has visible difficulty keeping up with responses to the mounting challenges for the status quo of the United States. Only this week, Mr. Biden ordered bombing terrorist position in Syria, retaliated after Iran-sponsored terror groups attacked US military base in Iraq, sanctioned top Kremlin officials. Also this week White House raise German hopes to build Putin's LNG gas-pipeline and appropriated symbolic funds for military aid to Ukraine. This week Biden's State Department issued appeals on various subjects including the CCP crash on democracy in Hong Kong, pro-Chinese and pro-Russian military junta's attack against democratic groups in Myanmar, and the unpredictable situation in South China Sea. He still needs to react to the brutal campaign against the democratic groups, including prominent UNPACU, in Cuba launched by the post-Castro Communist regime.
But on Wednesday a group of 80 Democrats from the House of Representatives has urged President Joe Biden to repeal Donald Trump's sanctions against Cuba and resume a policy of rapprochement.
In a letter seen by Reuters, the members of Congress urged the President to sign an executive order "without delay" to end current restrictions on travel and remittances. They also asked Washington to reinstate the staff of its embassy in Havana and remove Cuba from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism.
"With a stroke of the pen, you can help struggling Cuban families and thus promote a more constructive approach," the signers said.
Lawmakers Bobby Rush, Gwen Moore, Barbara Lee, and Steve Cohen addressed the letter in favor of a relaxation of the sanctions imposed on the Havana regime, Reuters reported.
All of these Congresspeople share their past. Mr. Lee is a former top member of the Communist Party of the United States. Mr. Rush a former leader of the Maoist-leaning Black Panther Party cooperated closely with the Communist Party of the USA. Ms. Moore was mentored by members of that party and the Democratic Socialists of America. It is where the ideological roots of Mr. Cohen are. All of them traveled to Communist Cuba. Some more than once.
"Ms. Lee is an anti-American communist who supports America’s enemies"
A renowned expert on Soviet and Communist infiltration Mr. Herbert Romerstein wrote in 2001 that “Ms. Lee is a long-practicing supporter of America’s enemies – from Fidel Castro on down.” Another expert who was a high ranking member of the American Left Dr David Horowitz observed that Ms. Lee is an anti-American communist who supports America’s enemies and has actively collaborated with them in their war against America.
The signatories also include the leaders of the influential Foreign Affairs, Financial Services, and Appropriations Committees of the House of Representatives.
Last week, Republican Representatives Mr. Mark Green from Tennessee, Ms. María Elvira Salazar, from Florida, and Mr. August Pfluger from Texas, alerted President Biden to the threat that the Cuban regime poses to stability in the region, and asked him not to resume the "failed appeasement policies" of President Barack Obama.
This is not the time for concessions to the very regime that continues to imprison, starve, assassinate and systematically oppress the people of Cuba, the Cuban-American Ms. Salazar wrote on Twitter.
"An unconditional rapprochement with Cuba a great danger"
Democratic Senator Mr. Bob Menéndez, also Cuban-American, has expressed his support for Republican legislators, prominent figures from exile and opponents from the island who, during a virtual event organized in Miami by the Inspire America Foundation, alerted President Biden to the danger of a rapprochement with Cuba without specific demands on the regime in terms of freedoms, a transition to democracy and respect for human rights.
US policy toward Cuba not only affects Cubans
but has serious implications for national security and the stability of the region.
We all know that the Cuban people want their voice to be heard, demand respect for their human rights, and want to live in a society based on tolerance, free expression, and democracy, stated Mr. Menéndez.
For his part, Senator Mr. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, has insisted that US policy toward Cuba not only affects Cubans but has "serious implications for national security and the stability of the region."
Mr. Rubio has said that he will advocate that "measures that do great harm to the cause of Cuban freedom are not approved or carried out.
Mr. Biden promised during his campaign to reverse the changes by Republican Mr. Trump that "have inflicted harm on the Cuban people and have done nothing to promote democracy and human rights," the letter said, but so far he has not taken concrete steps in that direction.
In early February, the US State Department said it was reviewing policy toward Cuba and decisions made in the previous administration, including designating the Havana regime as a state sponsor of terrorism.