Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart, Ros-Lehtinen, and Curbelo Meet with Administration Regarding the Cuban Migrant Crisis

Feb 4, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) released the following statement after meeting several agencies regarding the Cuban migrant crisis.

“This morning we met with representatives from the Departments of Homeland Security, State, and Health and Human Services regarding the Cuban migrant crisis. Over the last several months, there has been a dramatic surge of people leaving the repressed island, yet it was only recently that the Obama administration acknowledged the problem. With an increase of 84% in the numbers of migrants reaching the U.S., it is critical that the administration has a credible plan to deal with the influx of migrants and the possible costs associated with their arrival.  It is also important that in crafting this response, the administration communicate and work with us on a regular basis find the best solution for our South Florida community.  It is becoming apparent that municipalities in South Florida will have to handle the influx of migrants, and accordingly, we strongly encouraged the administration to collaborate closely with local official officials to ensure that the federal response to the migrant crisis provides the necessary support to manage the increase in population and potential additional burdens on local resources.”

In attendance at the meeting were: Congressman Diaz-Balart, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, Congressman Curbelo, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ), and staff from the offices of Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX),  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ).