Not much of a ‘feliz Navidad’ in Cuba again…………….click to read..………………… https://t.co/ebowalD4dh
— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) December 24, 2015
According to Paul Bedard, President Obama sees Dictator Raul Castro as a pragmatic man:
“Obama was complimentary of Castro.
“I do see in him a big streak of pragmatism. In that sense, I don’t think he is an ideologue,” said the president.
He added that Castro is even a forward thinker.
“I do also think that Raul Castro recognizes the need for change. And part of the reason for the timing of these changes is his desire to help usher in those changes before he and his brothers are gone. Because I think he views himself as having the stature to move Cuban society in ways that a successor might not,” said Obama.”
Really? A “forward thinker” puts dissidents in jail? or refuses to give people the right to elect their own leaders?
I guess that President Obama and I just have a different definition of what a forward thinker is!
Governor Abbott is in Cuba looking for “business opportunities” for Texas companies. However, the governor has already run into “the embargo problem” or a restriction placed on doing business with Cuba in the early 1960s. The embargo was created to punish Cuba for confiscating U.S. property and assets years ago. The embargo does not stop other countries from doing business with the regime.
My friend Jason Poblete, an attorney who represents several American families with claims against Cuba, believes that the regime cannot be allowed to get away with the confiscation.
Interestingly, the Mexican government is doing its own version of Trump’s idea.
They pick up “indocumentados cubanos” and send them back to Cuba, as we read in The Yucatan Times:
After providing first aid and verifying that they were in good health, the Navy transferred the rafters to the remote terminal of the Port of Progreso.
The Cubans were then sent to the Merida facilities of the National Institute of Migration.
Authorities have reported the arrival in Yucatan of more than 150 Cuban rafters in 2014 and so far in 2015, in what is considered the largest exodus from the island in the past decade.
Most are seeking to reach the United States, using Mexico as a stopover on their journey.
However, unlike the Cubans who have in past months arrived to Mexico, the six recent arrivals could never reach the United States due to the Mexico-Cuba repatriation agreement signed Nov. 7 in Merida by President Enrique Peña Nieto and Cuban President Raul Castro.
Due to the agreement, the six Cubans would be sent back to the island.
We understand that Mexico is a sovereign country and has the right to enforce immigration laws, such as keeping people without papers away from its territory.
Here is the question: Why do so many Mexican politicians criticize Mr Trump for proposing to do here what they do down there?
The bottom line is that Mexico is hypocritical about enforcing immigration laws. Apparently, it’s OK for Mexico to deport Central Americans or Cubans in the name of sovereignty and the rule of law. It’s not OK for the US to do the same thing.
The word is “hipocrita”! Someone should ask President Pena-Nieto about it!
Babalu readers are very familiar with the story of Joanne Chesimard, the killer of New Jersey state trooper who was given safe harbor by the Castro regime.
The Republican governor and presidential candidate sent a letter to the bistate agency Tuesday urging them to reject any regular flight routes between Newark Liberty International Airport and Cuba until Joanne Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, is returned to the U.S.
“It is unacceptable to me as Governor to have any flights between New Jersey and Cuba until and unless convicted cop-killer and escaped fugitive Joanne Chesimard is returned to New Jersey to face justice,” Christie wrote in the letter obtained by The Associated Press.
“I will not tolerate rewarding the Cuban government for continuing to harbor a fugitive,” he said.
Chesimard was convicted in 1977 in the death of Trooper Werner Foerster during a gunfight after being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973; she was sentenced to life in prison but escaped and made her way to Cuba, where Fidel Castro granted her asylum.
The Chesimard episode is one of many missed opportunities with Cuba. President Obama was so eager to open a US Embassy in Cuba that he forgot about the killing of Trooper Werner Foerster many years ago. How do you put Raul Castro and his band of gangsters over the men and women who protect us everyday?
Hooray for Governor Christie.