U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to the Department of State expressing her concern that more Castro sympathizers were granted visas to travel to the United States. Earlier this week, a group called Nueva Trova Cubana, led by Vicente Feliú, performed in Washington, DC, in support of the spies known as the "Cuban Five" and the Castro brothers. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"Once again, the State Department has allowed more agents of the Cuban propaganda machine to not only travel to the United States but spread the lies and falsehoods of the Castro regime and the Cuban Five. These educational and cultural exchange programs have only served to allow sympathizers of the tyrannical regime direct access to our nation to continue their malicious campaign against fundamental freedoms and liberties. Castro's attempts to glorify the Cuban Five are beyond despicable and delusional. These minions of the tyrannical Castro brothers were convicted of espionage after they sought to damage U.S. national security interests through their attempts to infiltrate our intelligence agencies and military installations.
"The fact that the State Department continues to grant visas to these individuals is unacceptable, naïve, and deplorable. I urge this Administration to change its course, focus on threats to U.S. security interests posed by the Castro regime and prevent all agents of the Castro regime and their sympathizers from coming to the United States."