Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart: Obama’s Appeasement Policy Hurts, Not Helps Cuban People

Dec 16, 2016
Press Release

MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement to mark two years since President Obama began his policy of appeasement toward the Castro regime. Since his policy began, oppression on the island has increased significantly, and thousands of Cubans are risking their lives to escape.

"Two years since President Obama's full appeasement policy toward the Castro dictatorship began, conditions on the island have only worsened. Political arrests have reached a staggering 9,484 this year, while thousands more have risked their lives to escape. President Obama's policy encourages U.S. currency to the nearly exclusive benefit of state-run industries including those run by the Cuban military, and has done nothing to help the Cuban people. To the contrary, his policy has further emboldened the regime to intensify its oppression and continue its anti-American activities. I look forward to working with the incoming President to reverse this failed approach and pursue a policy that furthers American interests and respects the democratic aspirations of the Cuban people."